I am preparing for exhibitions at the Weston Manor Hotel in Weston on the Green near Bicester and the Church Lane Gallery in Banbury during North Oxfordshire Artweeks from 4th to 13th May.
Hello! My name is Carole Mockford and I have been making pottery since 2017 although, like many, I actually made my first pot at school many years ago. I worked for 20 plus years in higher education as a researcher in health services research at Oxford and Warwick universities. When I took early retirement in 2017, I signed up for an evening class in ceramics in Leamington Spa and I was hooked. I have since attended many individual workshops with experienced, well known, professional potters and have tried several different approaches to pottery making including slipware, raku, hand building and wheel throwing. I have my own small studio at home and my inspiration is drawn from what makes us smile when we use pottery which might be a casual drip of colour down the inside of a mug to a caterpillar munching the edge of a teapot lid! There is usually some humour in my designs. However, 2024 will be my third Oxfordshire Artweeks and this year I am trying something a little different and I have been focusing on wall and decorative art rather than functional but quirky items, although some smaller items will be available.