Babs started her ceramics career at an evening class in Bolton in 1981. Several ceramics and design courses later, she graduated from Central Lancashire University in 1990. She taught City & Guilds ceramics at Bolton Community College for 6 years before becoming head of department in 1997 and finally leaving the profession to set up her own studio in 2001.
Babs uses many different making processes including throwing, coiling, slab building, press moulding and casting. Working mainly in stoneware and raku she formulates her own slips and glazes from the raw ingredients. Inspiration for her pieces is derived mainly from the natural environment; the changing seasons, sunrise and sunset, clouds and lightning, petals, seeds and peeling bark and the colours and textures of the landscape, “sometimes seemingly impressionist, especially at dusk and dawn”.
Brightly coloured Porcelain Jewellery is a relatively new and well received addition to her ranges both in the studio shop and in galleries throughout the UK. Babs also sells her work at large ceramics festivals and association events.
She is a member of:
- The Northern Potters Association
- The Art & Craft Guild of Lancashire