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large windows to bring in the natural light, a strong table for wedging clay, shelves for storing pots and of course running water and electricity would be helpful! I think I’m starting to fall out of love with the city too, even though I’ve lived in one all my life, there’s obviously a sacrifice between a central location and having lots of space.


Do you ever have creative slumps? What do you do then? I don’t really experience creative slumps; I actually have too many ideas! I do get quite physically tired from time to time though, especially during busy periods. Sometimes you have to take it easy on yourself and just try and get enough sleep. There are times when I run out of clay and that always prompts a pause in activity before the next lot arrives!


What inspires you and keeps you motivated? I love throwing pots but sometimes you can have bad days where nothing seems to turn out right;


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part of crafting is letting go of these times. Learning


from your


mistakes and ending up right back where you started is something you psychologically have to learn to cope with. I am the sort of person who loves a challenge though, I would hate it if life was too easy - I tend to have this in-built determination to see something through right to the end.


Do you ever work with your father? If so what’s the most rewarding


aspect / the most frustrating aspect of this? I work with my Dad a lot, he’s always there trying to push me forward and I appreciate that, even during times when I don’t seem like it! He’ll often come and have a look to see what I’m doing, if I’m struggling he’ll provide me with some advice or pick a pot up and go ‘that’s a bit too heavy’ if I’m getting too complacent.


It’s not all rosy though; my Dad and I can lock horns on subjects,


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