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and it completely changed my outlook on just about everything.


Tell us about the degree you’re doing at the moment? The degree course is Design: Applied Arts; I’m a full time mature student. It is quite a commitment; as well as the fees it is a 60 mile round trip to get there 3 or 4 times a week. I am very lucky that my family are supportive and my eldest son doesn’t mind cooking tea for his brother every so often. Well, maybe he does mind, but he does it anyway.


The course lets you spend time in each of the areas of jewellery/metalwork, ceramics and glass before choosing an area to specialise in. I went onto the course fully expecting to choose metalwork, to combine it with my textiles to create more sculptural work. However, while there I have fallen in love with glass – there is so much more to it than I thought – so at the moment I think this will be my specialism. Although I may change my mind again… really I want to do


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everything!


How does this help with your personal creative work? I have to say that at the moment it really doesn’t help! There is so much information to absorb and so many new techniques to learn that everything else has to be put on hold. Although my family are incredibly tolerant, I do feel I ought to cook them the occasional meal! I know it will be worth it in the end though. Right now I am looking forward to the long summer holidays when I hope I might have time to pick up a needle and thread again.


What has been inspiring you lately? I am lucky enough to live in a really beautiful corner of north-west England. I love the colour of the local red sandstone and the beautiful sunsets. I love the broad expanse of the estuary views with the wide sky and the water glittering on the sands. I even love the offshore wind farm, although I know a lot of people


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