After qualifying in Health & Social Care Karen spent her early working career in social work but then along came a husband who serves in the Royal Navy and two children! Maritime life took them to some fascinating countries and they didn’t stand still for 20 years. Throughout this itinerant time though, pottery became a constant in Karen’s life, starting with a part time three year Creative Pottery course at Highbury college in 2000 and then taking any opportunity to play with clay thereafter!
Arguably the most motivating experience of working with ceramics was during her time in Portugal under the tutelage of the highly inspirational, nationally renowned Helena Brizido. Helena gave Karen the confidence to take the leap forward to build her own workshop with a drive to design, create and fire her own functional and decorative stoneware. Each piece is completely unique: hand thrown on the wheel and trimmed before twice firing to very high temperatures with reactive, lead free glazes that produce a never ending array of beautiful finishes. No two pieces will ever be the same.