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News from the Starter Studio Artists

Silversmiths and Jewellers

Jodie Hatcher and Florence Carter are taking part in the Goldsmiths’ ‘Getting Started’ course in London. This 1 week, intensive training course will teach them much about how to develop networks and market their business.  Florence is also enjoying one-week masterclass with Clive Burr, as part of a prize she won at New Designers in London last year.

Jodie Hatcher will be taking part in the 'Melting Pot' exhibition at the RBSA Gallery in Birmingham which opens on the 20th January and runs until the 5th April. The exhibition showcases the diverse and eclectic cultural influences present within the British craft scene.  During her Starter Studio Programme,  Jodie will be working closely with Coilin O’Dubhghaill as her mentor.

Imogen Clarkstone (pictured) was selected for Talente in Munich, Germany. This prestigious international trade fair takes place from 12th to 18th March and showcases the best up-coming contemporary craftspeople, mainly from around Europe. Imogen will be drawing on the expertise of Chris Knight who will be her mentor as part of the Starter Studio Programme

Sarah Pasley will be showing her new jewellery range, inspired by the famous ‘Cheese Grater’ Car Park on Charles Street in Sheffield, in the retail area of Museums Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery from January. She will be sharing the display case with Yorkshire Artspace book binder Heather Dewick

Jen Ricketts is working on a number of new designs, one of which is for the annual Little Gems commission offered by The Sheffield Assay Office. The selection process for this will take place on 23rd January. Jen also hopes to be successful in her application for a Graduate Bursary Stand at prestigious Goldsmiths’ Fair 2014. Jen is showing her work at the 'Festival of Silver' exhibition in London as well this year. She will be working with Rebecca Joselyn as her mentor on the programme.


Sally Bertram has settled into the studio at Manor Oaks that she is sharing with 3 other ceramists. “my progress is steady as I continue to research, develop and experiment in the studio. I am enjoying this time very much whilst also getting to know the possible markets and venues for my work, receiving lots of support from my mentor Susan Disley

Bryony Penman has just been accepted onto the Craft Council’s HotHouse programme and is now benefitting from 6 months’ of intensive business support, mentoring and testing new markets. Her work is currently for sale at the Made North Gallery

Fay Jenkinson, another of our starter ceramists completed her HotHouse programme in July and since then has shown her work at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in Manchester and at the British Ceramics Bienale in Stoke on Trent.  She curentlyworking on her new ceramic jewellery collection.

Joanne Barlow has been finding her feet in the world of adult care. One of her ambitions is to include a ‘socially engaged’ element in her work and wants to involve vulnerable adults in future projects. She has taken the step to gain practical experience by taking on part-time work as a care worker in her local community whilst also continuing to develop her own work in the studio at Manor Oaks.