I am Sue Blatherwick, a fine artist and ceramicist. I am currently making slip decorated earthenware, mainly colourful dishes and tiles.
I originally trained as a secondary school art & design teacher and was taught ceramics by my father when the school I was teaching in needed a ceramics teacher. I later studied Fine Art and Critical Studies. Following this I worked in art & design education development for three major awarding bodies as a senior and principal examiner, advisor, and consultant. An unfortunate series of events meant that I had no other option than to take the largest exam board to an employment tribunal, which they settled out of court. I then focussed on my own art work, updating my ceramics knowledge at Derby University before embarking on a post-graduate research degree in Manchester. My aim with this was to record and contextualise the previously unrecorded life and work of my late father, who had spent his life making ceramics and had provided essential labour for both Michael Cardew and Bernard Leach during the Second World War, which enabled their potteries to continue to function.
All of this informs what I do now, and I flip between the theoretical and practical, writing, delivering, making and showing.