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.