About my pottery journey
My pottery journey started with a beginners 'taster' class given to me as a present, just over 3 years ago. As soon as I touched clay I felt a strong connection to the material and I wanted to do pottery whenever I could get a chance. After a few short courses with Jess Joslin, I was lucky enough to get a place at the evening course at Maze Hill Pottery run by Lisa Hammond MBE, which I attended weekly for a couple of years. The Maze Hill Pottery was really inspiring to me: I was getting taught by exceptional potters including Darren Ellis, Florian Gadbsy and Lisa herself. I was really learning how to craft objects and was seeing the art in craft.
I wanted even more, so I became a member at Turning Earth Ceramics. I was learning all aspects of running a big shared studio and even became a part of their team, as a studio technician. I left London last autumn, for Edinburgh where I am now a part of The Bridge Pottery Collective surrounded by great makers; but I realised it's not an easy task to explore and develop on my own. So I made the decision here that I still want to learn more, and not only have pottery as a side pursuit, but as the main focus of my life. Clay College Stoke was started out of the team at Maze Hill Pottery, and so I knew there was an option there where i could really develop at a world class level and follow my dreams. I decided to apply and now I am one of fourteen selected and have been offered a subsidised place at the Clay College Stoke diploma course for the intake 2019/2021.
Why do I need support?
I was lucky enough to have been awarded a bursary from the college itself, but I still need to have my first year's fees by 9th July 2019, so there's a level of urgency here. In the pursuit of my pottery goals I have been spending all of my extra income on personal development in the a studio- in classes, materials and time; which means I'm not in a position to afford this amount at this time. Further scholarships are available to me, but not at this short notice, so your help at this key moment is really important. I’m looking for support to help me cover this initial fee for the course, which confirms my place at the college.
Attending this course will allow me to take the leap into life as a full-time ceramicist and one day opening my own studio.
About Clay College Stoke
Clay College Stoke is a skill-based, two year full time ceramics diploma course available to only 14 students. We will be learning all aspects of design, throwing, hand building, decorating, glazing and different firing processes and techniques. Alongside the practical skills we will also be conducting research and learning about history, marketing, sales and business skills, crucial to successful makers. After two years of training and building up the knowledge we will be ready to either start our studios or begin apprenticeships to finesse our skills. Either way, we will be prepared!
Rewards - cups, teapots, bowls and more
I'm not expecting support for free, and so any donation that you can give, big or small, will be rewarded in return for your support. I will be making to order a selection of fine domestic pottery in a range of glazes, so you can be a part of my journey in a very physical way, and in a way you choose:
[Note: slight variations in shape and colour might be visible since every pot is handmade, but I do my best to be pretty precise with every pot.]
Thank you so much for your time and generosity.