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Do you feel that your work has been influenced by that of your father’s or are there other stronger influences? This was something my Dad would endlessly worry about when I first started picking up pottery, he didn’t want our work to look identical - he wanted me to find my ‘voice’ as a potter. It’s difficult though because


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I’ve obviously lived with his pots and I remember seeing him throwing when I was a little girl. Our pieces are similar but I’d say that there are key differences in our throwing styles. My hands are much smaller which allows me to produce much narrower pieces and physically, I can throw large pots but it takes a lot more body strength. I do now have


larger muscles than my boyfriend though, so he better not get on my bad side!


What makes things more awkward is that I get inspired by the same potters as he does too; we both like the ideology behind traditional English potters like Michael Cardew, Isaac Button and Bernard Leach.


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