I live on Tyneside, in a small village on the outskirts of Newcastle and Gateshead. It’s almost in the countryside, with lots of nice walks and all the amenities of a city close by. Yet within an hour or so, I can be lacing my boots up and heading out into the Cheviots. Then there’s the North Pennines and the Durham Dales, or the wonderful North East Coast.
I can’t say I’m a native as my beginnings were on an RAF base in Cambridgeshire. Yet I moved here when I was eleven, so I'm almost from the North East, but not quite. I may have moved away occasionally because of college or work, but have always returned. I still rather like it here, it’s a bit special.
It was whilst I was away at Art College that I discovered clay. Strictly speaking, that was initially on my foundation course at Sunderland, but that felt like away back then. I found I could throw pots on the wheel and so started my working life as Studio Potter, as well as teaching pottery night classes.
I worked in other potteries, production throwing, product design and mouldmaking, this saw a gradual move into industry. Primarily tableware and sanitaryware as a production manager and latterly, a factory manager.
In comparison, I'm fairly new to photography. As there's more than a bit about that in the next section, I'll let it continue there.