U.K.-based ceramic artist Anna Whitehouse.
U.K.-based ceramic artist Anna Whitehouse .
At school I hated the stuff. As far as I was concerned you couldn’t make anything good out of clay, it always dried too quickly, or cracked. It was not until starting a BA Hons in 3D Design at Manchester School of Art that I was taught how to handle and work the clay, and realised the endless possibilities that lay within the material. My tutor there, Alex McErlain was a fantastic mentor. His enthusiasm and passion for the subject was contagious and I often did 12 hour days in the workshops, experimenting with form, techniques and glazes.
After finishing the course, specialising in ceramics, I took an optional 4th year in Creative Business Development. This was an invaluable experience as it was no longer just about making the work, but also all the other parts like pricing, marketing, tax returns and the viability of my practice as a career. It was a tough year but after graduating I felt prepared and confident in establishing my business.
I moved back to Harrogate in July 2010 and have spent the last year renovating a derelict house and establishing a studio space for myself.