first being introduced to clay
on my foundation course at Dewsbury College, it was clear that the
and practical aspects of the subject were where my interest lay.
The University of Wolverhampton I
was free to pursue this, building a soda kiln and having the freedom to
my own briefs around throwing on scale and clay qualities. During my
Wolverhampton my research and volunteer work for courses and shows gave
opportunity to meet Lisa Hammond.
several meetings, I was asked to do a few weeks work experience at Maze
Pottery; I know now that Lisa was testing me out to see if I would make
suitable apprentice in the future. Here I worked alongside Lukas
her current apprentice. I was introduced immediately to kiln
setting up the annual Christmas show, often making the mistake of
could do something, then quickly having to figure it out before Lisa
I knew then this position would be ideal for me, a real practical
the practice and hopefully I would be useful to her too.
with Lisa I learnt a phenomenal amount about the everyday workings of
potter. I felt part of the business, not just someone there to clean up
end of the day. From mixing the clay to firing the pots and from fixing
to selling and sending the pots, the apprenticeship with Lisa was hard
equally rewarding, giving me confidence to be successful in my own
after I finished my two years.
apprenticeship at Kigbeare was fantastic; I found it a real creative
supportive atmosphere. Maddy, Phil and Lisa were there to turn to when
to my own practice. And I have now completed building my own wood fired
the grounds of Kigbeare, which I fire from time to time when I visit
from London, where I am now based.
Some of My Previous Apprentices