Lorraine Ditchburn



My career path has been long and winding with an interesting variety of stops along the way. The journey began with a degree in Environmental Science and a masters in Meat Science. My first job was working for the Civil Service as a meat scientist where I developed meat products for developing nations. This was followed by a stint designing cat and dog food!

I have always been creative and always made stuff, I never realised just how important it was to me until the creative side of my job was taken away. It was at that point that I decided to give up the dog food and go and do ‘something creative’ with my life. I had no idea what I was going to do, all I knew was that I wanted to make stuff. I returned to full time education in 1995 to do a degree in Three Dimensional Design. There was no great plan, I simply followed my natural instincts and ended up doing ceramics (a fusion of clay and textiles). In 1998 I set up my workshop in North Devon (where I was born) and worked as a designer/maker for 15 years.

In 2013 I decided that I wanted to try and use my skills in a more meaningful way and to follow the natural inclination I have always had for helping others. I therefore returned to full time education (again!) to do a degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics. Instead of using plaster moulds to cast porcelain vases, I was using moulds to create sockets for amputees! I graduated in 2016 at the age of 55 with first class honours. Personal circumstances unfortunately denied me a new career, although I did work briefly as an orthotist in the UK and Ireland.

I returned to North Devon in July 2020 to resume my creative way of life. I was a previous member of The Appledore Crafts Company (for eleven years) and felt it was right for me to rekindle that link and some old friendships.


Porcelain light pulls
Hand decorated platter

Cone cat party
Ribbed porcelain vase

Small spotted porcelain jug
Small textile vase

Small hand decorated porcelain vase

Website: www.lorraineditchburn.com
Phone: 07980 157 941