Chris­tine’s potty about pot­tery

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - UK & World Update -

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.”

Pic­ture: PAUL FRANKS

PAS­SION: Chris­tine With­all took a pot­tery class for fun but now has her own kiln and stu­dio. (METP-18-06-10PF022)

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