Christine’s potty about pottery
Christine Withall, from Orton Malborne, has her own pottery studio, and said that her love of the art started back in 1994.
“I took an evening class simply for a bit of fun, but as soon as my hands were in the clay I just loved it. I really enjoy messing around with clay,” she said.
The evening classes came to an end and, unable to find another, Christine took a break.
It was only when a close relative passed that she was inspired to continue.
“I was left a small monetary gift and it came with the request that I use it for a dream. Unsure of what to do, I put it in the bank for safe keeping,” she said.
“I was sat on the patio one day looking at the shed and realised that was my dream – I was going to have my own pottery studio.”
Since 1998 Christine has started from scratch, sourcing her own kiln and equipment and creating the studio she has always wanted, making brightly coloured African ladies, amongst other things.
She said: “I had no idea how to use a kiln, or what to do, but I learned on the hoof.”
Now in her second year of showing her work, she said it is an opportunity not to be missed.
“I love the buzz of selling my work, as well as being about to talk about it,” she said. “Last year I was terrified, but it is a very social event and I really enjoyed it, there was nothing to worry about.
“There is nowhere in Peterborough for artists to showcase their work, so this is ideal. It is nice to meet the public because you get such a variety of visitors.”
PASSION: Christine Withall took a pottery class for fun but now has her own kiln and studio. (METP-18-06-10PF022)