Sue Whimster Ceramics

About Sue Whimster

I trained as a sculptor, initially at Leeds then Exeter College of Art. Later I ran an Art Department in an East London School ( on the Isle of Dogs!)
Whilst teaching there I attended in-service training at Goldsmiths College, where I discovered the joys of hand-building in clay, but it wasn’t until I left teaching after the birth of my second child, that I was able to set up my workshop.
I bought my first kiln with money lent me by my mother-in-law, and each night after I’d put the children to bed I’d start to work. In the midst of child rearing I was naturally influenced by children’s books and nursery rhymes. Trips to Stoke Museum and Art Galleries collection of wonderful Staffordshire pots, sparked off the desire in me to make  hand-built ceramic pieces with some of their quirky individuality, with ideas from illustrations, nursery rhymes, trips to London Zoo and our local park.
Starting out at Covent Garden Craft Market, I now sell to shops and galleries in London and the South of England and work on private commissions.
I still teach children and adults, albeit privately, and their work has been exhibited internationally, winning prizes in Japan.

For me clay is the most satisfying and exciting medium to work with and I hope my pots convey some of the pleasure I feel in making them.