Lucy’s journey in ceramics began as a child, inspired by her grandmother’s pottery. She began to develop her ideas through clay with confidence during her school and college education.
Lucy moved to Cornwall in 1993 to study Studio Ceramics at Falmouth and fell in love with Cornwall. She found the art and creative energy so exciting, it was here she met her husband and decided to make a home in Cornwall.
During her studies at Falmouth, she was awarded a The Ferdnand Zweig Scholarship to further her practice in Japan. This experience was life changing in many ways and she learn’t many new technical skills and processes in pottery. One of which was learning the traditional throwing method ‘off the hump’ on the wheel at Joetsu University. The disciplined way of teaching was very effective and inspiring and she went from throwing rice bowls ‘off the hump’ to teapots.
Lucy returned from Japan to complete BA Hons Degree in Ceramics and create her final show inspired by the Japanese importance of everyday ceramics. She then went on to established a studio at her family farm in Devon for a short period of time, but after travelling around the world with my (now) husband, we returned to Cornwall, where she restudied to train as an Art teacher.
In 2018 after 16 years of teaching Art & Design at Truro School, she embarked on an exciting new venture to set up her own Ceramic Studio again. She now takes part in regular exhibitions every year as well as selling through the Poly Guild shop in Falmouth and her website.
Lucy was recently awarded Membership with the St Ives Society of Artists and has began to take part in the Members Exhibitions at the Mariners Gallery in St Ives.
She enjoys throwing on the pottery wheel using a local stoneware clay from St Agnes and decorates using underglazes to illustrate the natural world and her love of the wildlife in the South West. This love of the natural world began when growing up on her family farm in North Devon, enjoying whole days outside, immersed in the wild, and enjoying fleeting glimpses of hares, foxes, owls and deer.
She uses gold lustre to further symbolise this magical world seen through the eyes of a child. The hare is used as a symbol of her childhood.
Lucy is passionate about protecting our natural environment and natural habitats for our wildlife. Through her art, celebrating the beauty of our natural world she hopes to help promote this ethos. She has begun a collection of work for the Cornwall Wildlife Trust to help raise money for this very important charity and will be donating a percentage of each sale.
Alongside working in her studio, she also teaches part-time to adults at Truro College and runs workshops in schools. Lucy also runs ceramic workshops from her studio in Mount Hawke and takes part in Open Studios every year as well as holding her own exhibitions here throughout the year.