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You have won a lot of awards going back to 2002 and culminating in Best Newcomer Award at this year’s British Craft Trade Fair. Which award has meant the most to you and why? I have been very lucky to have won any of my awards and they are all in turn very important to me, however, winning the Craft & Design award this year was fantastic. I really wanted this one, but I genuinely didn’t think that I stood a chance. The standard of work which I was up against was amazing. I love this magazine, it is so informative for the designer maker (it is a must). Paul and Angie [Boyer, Editors] have been really supportive and they have given me so much exposure.


You only decided to enter the BCTF 5 weeks before it started – tell us more about that. It was a pure fluke that I got into BCTF. I had written to Margeret Bunn to apply for the 2011 show. On the foot of my email I attached a photograph of my work. Margeret promptly rang me up and asked me to exhibit. I really was not ready for that and said no, but it played on my mind for the next two weeks until and a friend of mine told me to ring her back and just do it. I did and Margeret told me that someone in the Newcomers Gallery had just pulled out. It was an omen - I booked the stand and then I just worked my butt off for the next five weeks making new work and designing and making a new stand for the show. It was exhausting but worth every minute.


36 | ukhandmade | Autumn 2010


What has been the highlight of your creative career to date? Meeting Kevin McCloud at the BDI Industry and Genius Awards in 2005 (he presented me with a Commendation Award and we had a chance to chat later). Oh, and Anna Ryder Richardson (and Oliver Heath) at Design Front 04 told me


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