I started out as a designer-maker, specialising in ceramics and plastics. Shortly after graduating from the University of Brighton I was awarded a two-year residency on the Crafts Council’s ‘Next Move’ scheme, supported by the Arts Council. I was among a small number of selected graduates who were given the opportunity to develop work within a university environment. During this period I was sponsored by Design Week to exhibit at New Designers, and won a bursary to showcase new work at Chelsea Crafts Fair, London. I exhibited at a number of galleries and trade fairs, sold work to private clients, and received recognition from national and international press. I spoke at seminars on the subject of Craft, and taught Art Foundation students on a flexible basis. I also dipped my toes into the world of publishing through internships at Elle Decoration and House & Garden…it was the spring board to what happened next.
During the second year of ‘Next Move’ I was appointed the part-time role of Arts Worker at Artspace Portsmouth, a facility offering studios and support to visual artists. I was responsible for publicity and marketing for exhibitions and Open Studio events, alongside organising a termly Education Programme. It was brilliant in allowing me to develop skills already being used to promote my own work, and I soon became aware that I found huge satisfaction working with image, word and print.
In June 2008, while still making, I was appointed Assistant Editor at Ceramic Review, the international magazine of ceramic art and craft. Working as part of a small team, and under the watchful eye of my Editor, Professor Emmanuel Cooper OBE, I had the exciting opportunity to bring together skills, knowledge and interests. Through his support and mentoring I quickly progressed and, in 2008, became Deputy Editor. I spent nine happy years in CR’s editorial department, later being promoted to Design & Production Editor and then Managing Editor, where I took the lead in all stages of the editorial process.