Looking back over the years I see my journey with clay. My first contact with clay was during my training as a Domestic Science and Art & Craft teacher. When Alan Brough, a dear friend and potter, first saw my work that I had made hand building with 'coils' at evening classes at the Plymouth College of Art with Chris Smith during my time when teaching in Saltash, Cornwall, he suggested I open my own pottery studio instead of going to live in Spain. It is only now, some fifty years later that I have my own space to "mess about with clay" in Ireland.
Many years later I had the opportunity to work with clay. At the Escola de Belles Arts de Salt, Girona, with Carlets I learnt about Rakú, Pitfiring and the use of salts. In the Potters' Museum of Quart I used the wheel under the guidance of Josep Mestres, Jaume Marcó, Eloi Mora, Pere Ginesta and Pere Mateu, all Master Potters! It'll take me a long time, if ever, to reach their standards. The pots I made are traditional shapes fired in the typical wood fired reduction kilns of Quart, link below. I have exhibited with "Artistes Cel Obert" (Open Sky Artists) in The Potters' Museum in Quart, Girona, Catalonia.
Since moving to Ireland to live I have become a member of Clay Galway.