Steph developed a keen interest in pottery at school where she learned the basics of hand-building with clay. She returned to it several years later, joining an adult education class in the 1980’s, and through that came to meet and share ideas with other fellow enthusiasts. From there Steph has largely learned and developed her craft by a combination of experimentation and research, combined with watching and mixing with other inspirational potters and artists.
In 2001 Steph undertook a challenge to design a pot for the Hillier Garden Centre’s gold medal winning garden display at the Chelsea Flower Show. To fit in with the Mediterranean theme she designed a “broken” urn, heavily textured and layered with slips and combustible materials to look like ancient stone, with a couple of lifelike lizards scrambling over it. Since then the lizards have become somewhat of a trademark on her popular garden pots and she is very interested in creating texture and pattern of all sorts in her work. Her pottery has sold in galleries and local shops and has gained popularity at the many garden shows she has attended and open studio events.
Recently Steph has been tutoring a small group of fellow enthusiasts at the Ringwood Art Society which she finds greatly rewarding. Her plan for this year is to make more time for exploration and experimentation.