Before becoming an English teacher, I was a production potter. My only training was at night school at Goldsmiths College. Working for small country potteries and briefly for Brannams of Barnstaple honed my throwing skills so when I retired from teaching, I resumed my interest in ceramics, focusing on Raku. I love the "controlled unpredictability" of the process. I like to create a tension between a dynamic glaze effect and the "quiet" curve of a well thrown pot. Lately, I have been exploring the creative opportunities offered by working with porcelain.