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Teaching has been Rosie's life.

Having completed 3 years of teachers' training studies at Wall Hall College, gaining a distinction in her main subject, Art, Rosie then taught at a large comprehensive school in Camberley, Surrey covering GCSE and A Levels as well as adult education.

Moving to Luxembourg some 41 years ago with a young family, she started a private studio teaching multinational and multilingual students with a diverse range of abilities and artistic backgrounds; from Japanese to Icelandics, Hungarians to Australians - even Argentineans - and everyone else in between.

She mounted students’ exhibitions at a variety of venues around the Grand Duchy to promote and motivate a higher level of achievement. Rosie and her students also visited local exhibitions in neighbouring countries and in the United Kingdom to see a wide selection of European potters’ work and ideas.

She was awarded an MBE in the 1996 New Year's Honours for services to the British Community in Luxembourg,

On returning, she has found that, sadly, nearly all adult education classes have now vanished – certainly all ceramics classes - even in schools. As a result there is a severe lack of 'clay experience' around.

She has had renovated a lovely south-facing studio out of an old greenhouse with a superb view of Devon’s rolling hills, which is now a fantastic place for students to work and marvellous for her in which to teach. Rosie operates like a school ceramics department working the academic year with 10 or 11 weeks a term and breaking for half term and school holidays. The children and adults range in age from 6 to whatever and Rosie covers all aspects of clay work, including the wheel, using stoneware and earthenware glazes. Rosie has a wide range of glazes, which she gets from Bath Potters Supplies and Botz in Germany. She prefers to charge an all-in price that covers clay, all tools, moulds, glazes, oxides and firings. That way, students get to use a large variety and choice of materials and glazes, which they might not otherwise be able to afford. All Rosie asks them to bring is an apron or an old shirt. Classes are limited to 10 students, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, both mornings and evenings. 

The friendly ambiance within the studio, working to music and a coffee, enables everyone to relax and produce of their best. No two people are doing the same pieces as they follow their own programme, at their own level, with some guidance and stimulation from a project sheet - or their own ideas of course.

If you would like to pop in for a chat, a guided tour and a cup of tea or coffee when you are near Tiverton, please don't hesitate to call in!


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