Was there a particular project you worked on that helped your development?
Probably my first order for Liberty, making uniform pieces on a big scale was a valuable learning curve. It focused my process and forced me to be more efficient and consistent.
What skills have you learnt along the way?
There’s so much science involved in ceramics, there’s always something to learn and there’s always room to improve. There are many variables that need to be just-so in order to achieve the desired result. Inevitably that means a lot of trial and error to work it out. Certain techniques require specific levels of moisture in the clay and different clays or glazes react differently at varying temperatures in the kiln. I’ve certainly had my fair share of nightmare situations with kilns failing to reach temperature and pieces cracking but there is always a reason why these things happen and it’s satisfying to fix the problem.
What’s been your biggest challenge?
Before one of my very first sales, my shelving unit fell down in my studio, completely smashing months worth of work. I ended up remaking all of the work in a few days. Although this was completely devastating, the work made under that pressure was actually better, and it made me realise that I could work to a deadline.
Is your job what you thought it would be?
I never really planned to be doing this as a job, it all happened pretty organically and at a rate that I felt I could keep up with. If I’m honest it doesn’t really feel like a job, I feel very lucky!