I have always loved dogs, ever since growing up along side 'Tolly', a gorgeous Labrador cross Irish Setter. We had him when I was two, and I was eighteen when he died, he seemed more like a brother than a dog. I see a lot of him in the dogs that I make, along with my own dogs Vegas and Wilf.
Vegas is my elderly Parsons Russell terrier and an excellent muse. He loves having his photo taken and will patiently sit for hours whilst I sculpt him. He can usually be found under the kiln, basking in its heat.
Wilf on the other hand is a bouncy German Wire-haired Pointer. The hound I always hankered for after visiting Crufts each year, armed with my sketchbook and camera. He has inspired many a pose and is a great source of humour.He is usually found trying to squeeze himself into the smallest bed possible.
I was brought up in a very creative home and when I wasn't drawing, I was modelling dogs from plasticine. It was a childhood ambition to sculpt peoples pets when i grew up and I love that I'm now doing just that. My other career choice was a zoo keeper....?
I am firstly a hound girl, but I haven't found a breed of dog that I haven't liked. I have found a few that have been a challenge to make. A dog's face can be so expressive. I love the way that repositioning an ear or eyebrow can change the whole look of a dog.
After completing my degree at Wolverhampton in Ceramics, I became an artist in residence at Edgbaston High School in Birmingham. It was whilst there that I began to exhibit at various galleries, so joined a friend at her studio in Northampton and started my business in 1999. I now work from home in a converted stable, where I combine being a mum to my two gorgeous girls and my ceramics.
During my career I have exhibited in galleries across the country and my work can be seen at The Affordable Art Fairs world wide. Owners of my hounds include John Cleese and Jenny Seagrove.
1992-94 BTEC. General Art & Design. Suffolk College.Ipswich. Suffolk. 1994-97 2:1 BA (Hons). Three Dimensional Design: Ceramics.University of Wolverhampton. Wolverhampton.