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Anna was born in Gloucestershire, the Forest of Dean, and then moved to the Vale of Evesham in Worcestershire where she spent her formative years. After a Foundation course at Cheltenham, she moved to London to train at Camberwell School of Art and subsequently gained her MA at the Royal College of Art.
After completing her Master's degree she lived in America, where she gained valuable teaching experience at Syracuse University. On her return from America in the 1990s she benefited from a Crafts Council grant, which enabled her to set up her studio. She has maintained a studio in London ever since, her current one is at her home in Sydenham, London.
Anna also works part-time at Morley College in London, where she is Program Manager of the HND Ceramics course. She feels very fortunate to work with a talented and enthusiastic team and to teach such well-motivated adult students. She finds it brings balance to her studio practice as a ceramicist, which is by nature solitary and contemplative. All her vases and bowls are wheel thrown. She likes to interrupt and repeat structures, through cutting, joining and reshaping on the wheel, to discover new forms and hone them. Large pieces are usually thrown in two pieces and joined while they are still pliable for re-shaping on the wheel; small pieces are partly dried and then re-thrown to achieve precise, and hopefully, dynamic, contours.
She places particular importance on the ceramic surface which she works on the wheel until very smooth then burnishes (low fired clay bodies) or polishes (vitrified stoneware bodies.) She uses a combination of incised and/or inlaid detailing to enhance volume and punctuate profile.
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