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2, at home with a young toddler was as production manager for a
and pulling my hair out for lack of newspaper in Kent. John ran his own
adult company, so I went to my local artwork company for many years and
adult education centre intending to later worked for a major advertising
enroll for drawing/painting classes. company and as a consultant. He
Unfortunately, there we no spaces started out as a lettering artist when
left, however, they did have one gap he left school in the 90s and has
in the pottery class. I wasn’t really retained his interest and honed his
that interested at the time but it skill in lettering ever since creating
was that or flower arranging. To my beautiful decoration on some of
surprise I thoroughly enjoyed it due my ceramics. His inspiration comes
mainly to the excellent teacher, Polly from early medieval works such as
Shiraishi who had been a pupil of the Book of Kells and the Lindisfarne
Bernard Leach. I had to give up the Gospels.”
class a couple of years later when We asked how they went about
another baby and a house move setting up and creating their own
interrupted.” business and whether they feel
Prior to starting her handmade it a necessity to have some sort
business Mim explains that she of business background? “When
worked in advertising and media we set up Old Well Studio we didn’t
and also at one time ran her own know how we would do; there are
repro business. She says, “My so many established artists and
last job before moving to Cornwall craftspeople already here, but we
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