Pottery learner discovers hidden talent

Jackie first came to Surrey Adult Learning about 8 years ago when she joined my Supported Learning (MH) pottery class. She suffers from Bi-Polar disorder and says that pottery has helped her to relax and provided her with much needed confidence.

Jackie carried on progressing in this small class environment until the project was disbanded. At this point her pottery skills had come on in leaps and bounds, she still wanted to continue with Surrey Adult Learning and so decided to try my mainstream pottery class, which she managed very well.

Jackie has developed her own style and is now much more confident in her use of the wheel and glazes, seeking advice and help from myself to progress to the next level. She is a very popular and valuable member of the group and is always willing to share her knowledge and contribute to the class.

Over the past 18 months or so, Jackie has felt confident enough to take part in a craft show and a small exhibition within her village. Her work was seen and admired by the owner of a shop within a local craft village, where she was invited to have her own shelf to display her work and this has resulted in a number of sales.

Jackie has also committed to a studio at home with her own wheel and kiln, which has given her the opportunity to work independently.

Jackie says that none of this would have been possible without the initial involvement with Surrey Adult Learning and although she still gets affected by Bi-Polar the good days now outweigh the bad days.

Having known and taught Jackie for the past 8 years it has been, a still is such a pleasure to watch her develop and grow in confidence, both in her pottery and in self-esteem.