Apprenticeship to Chris Keenan
In early 2013 I took my first course at West Dean College in 'Throwing and Turning for Beginners' with Ali Sandeman. It was enough to spark my interest in pottery and I also met a then current Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (FDAD) student that initiated the possibility of taking things further. Shortly after I bought my first 2nd hand potters wheel (very unreliable!) and began practising at home in the kitchen.
At the end of 2013 after a somewhat stressful year I resigned from my job as a director for a wholesale coffee company in Southampton. My role had become very stifled and I found myself with an opportunity to take time away from work to explore a more creative journey. I immediately signed up for the FDAD and shortly after, swapped my unreliable wheel for a more reliable upgrade.