Wyn carves out a new career

A MOTHER of three who quit her job in mental health to become a potter is marking the second birthday of her business by expanding her operation and hosting a festival celebrating the first National Ceramics Week.

Wyn Abbott, who has run The Pottery from a studio and workshop at Greenlands Farm Village near Burton-in-Kendal, since March 2009, is spending £4,000 to expand her workshop.

That will allow her to bring in other artists to help expand her offer of art, craft and ceramic workshops.

The work is due to be complete by Easter, in time for National Ceramics Week from April 30-May 8, when The Pottery will host celebrations and demonstrations.

Wyn, who is originally from Morecambe, but is now a tenant at Hornby Castle, specialises in ceramic art and sculptures, exhibiting and selling her work in shops and galleries across the UK.

She also undertakes private commissions, community and public art work, and holds regular workshop programmes for all abilities.

Wyn’s recent clients have included Lancaster Priory Church, for which she made replicas of gargoyles on the church ceilings, and the Lancaster City Museum, which sells plaques she has made depicting the Roman tombstone unearthed in Aldcliffe Road, Lancaster, in November 2005.

See the Lancaster Guardian (01-04-11) for full story.