Meet: Caroline Green Pottery
How long have you been making your work and how did it all begin?
I have always been a ‘maker’ and always want to learn another craft. I started making pots in 2000 when I moved house and enrolled on a fine art course at my local college. After a visit to the pottery studio I changed courses and have never regretted it. I was totally hooked then and still am, it is the only discipline to hold my attention.
What processes and techniques do you use in your work?
I throw on the wheel and roll out thin slabs of clay to make my pots. Sometimes I draw freehand directly onto the leather hard clay or I roll leaves and flowers into the clay that burn away in the firing. I work with porcelain that can be a nightmare at times but I like the challenge.
What are you inspired by?
I am inspired by food! So I make pots according to what I want to eat. My straight sided oven to table bowls were inspired by a winning lancashire hotpot on The Great British Menu. Plates for cakes and mugs for cappucino.
Do you have a work space or studio? What is it like?
I work in a shed in my garden. It is a complete shambles but that is how I like to work. My college tutor, who is now a very good friend and colleague asked how I managed to get my work so clean and smooth as he knows how I work in utter chaos.
Where can people buy your work?
People can purchase my work in several galleries, websites, folksy and every month at the Art Market in Winchester.
How do you promote your work?
I am absolutely hopeless at promoting my work and don’t understand Facebook, twitter or blogging!
What advice would you give to someone thinking about turning their craft/art into a business?
I don’t think it is easy to turn your craft into a business but you have to give it time and chat to other makers, they are a wealth of information.
A few of your favourites (just for fun)…
Colour: Cerise pink without a doubt.
Animal: Has to be a cat as I have two, but would really like some chickens.
Season: Spring, so fresh and full of life.
Person: Really cheesy I know but has to be my long suffering husband.
Food: Wine gums, I think I am addicted.
Thank you for sharing your pottery with us Caroline. Your studio looks amazing, I would love to come and visit!