What I studied
GCSEs: History, English Literature, English Language, Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Geography, Home Economics, French
A Levels: English, History, Theatre Studies
I was always more interested in arts and humanities so that was the driving force behind my GCSEs. And (I say with a whisper) I wanted to be an actress! That meant humanities subjects and Theatre Studies for my A Levels. If I had the opportunity to do it again I would have swapped History for Business Studies as I feel that would have given me a better foundation for starting my own company.
I dropped out of university as I had chosen the wrong course. I decided I didn’t want to get a degree and had had enough of education. I went to secretarial school, and was offered a job in advertising sales, which took me to work in Los Angeles.
Later I studied for a post graduate diploma in Architectural Interior Design. This was a great foundation in design which piqued my interest and drove me to look at fine bone china in more detail.
My career path
Working in television advertising, I made a lot of money but it was rather a hollow existence.
After retraining back in the UK, I was fortunate enough to afford to intern for the London Design Festival. That internship really helped shape and form 1882 Ltd. as that is where I met Max Lamb and many of the other designers that I’ve collaborated with. I worked with some incredible designers and that made me realise that my talent wasn’t in designing but in communicating and getting things done.
My dad, who is the other half of 1882 Ltd. and has been in the industry for sixty years says that you never stop training and learning. That is the joy of ceramics. I have been running the business for 7 years so I only have another 53 to go before I can say I know a thing or two. We make things with brilliant, talented people and there is an authenticity to what we do that far outshines the trappings of a larger income. You don’t do this for the money but the rest makes up for that tenfold.