Gourd and Horse

Resident Focus - Interview

November 2017

From November Newsletter 2017

[ Resident Focus ] Interview by Kate Collins, Workshop Co-ordinater

Please tell us about your work and what you enjoy most about it? 
I enjoy creating pots which have a specific function and purpose - yarn bowls and orchid pots. Practicality is important. I am continually looking at the choice of materials, the weight and form to consider what is best. An enjoyable part of the creative process is finding the balance between functionality and what is pleasing to the eye! My creative business only exists because of the support and advice I have been given over the years and continue to have from friends and family. I am so grateful to everyone who has discovered and uses my pottery.  "

Where did the name Gourd and Horse come from? 
The name comes from an old Japanese saying “Hyoutan kara Koma (瓢箪から駒)”, which literally means “A horse pops out of a gourd.” e.g. an unexpected surprise is happening to you!  "

Can you describe your studio and a typical working day?
My studio has a big window facing Chalford Hill. It is peaceful to view old Cotswold houses amongst trees on the hill, although it is quite a busy road with traffic and people visiting the lovely Lavender Bakehouse Cafe next door!
At the start of the day my studio has a clear worktop with a blank space. Before long, there is mess and chaos, followed by a tidy up and then back to a clear worktop and blank space! Usually I focus on one task each day, such as throwing pots on the wheel or glazing the pots I have made.  "

 do you find are the best ways to sell your work?
I am still learning how to do this and any advice greatly appreciated! I think it's so important to directly touch and feel a piece of ceramic work to appreciate it. Consequently I attend a lot of craft events and fairs. However, showing off work more widely and reaching larger audiences via the internet is equally well worth trying too.  "


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