About

Herbert the Elephant

I have always felt drawn to working with clay and, after a pottery taster session with Clare Goodman at Wayside Pottery in Fleggburgh, Norfolk in March 2016, I was hooked.  With Clare's guidance I produced Herbert, the elephant and have never looked back.  You can see what Clare's up to at https://www.waysidepottery.co.uk/ - I thoroughly recommend her one to one taster session!

Pottery has provided a chance to heal after the devastating loss of my son a few years ago, and it has become my passion.  Working from my home studio, I love to explore characterful animal pottery, ornamental bird feeders and sculpted ornaments.

I'm mostly inspired by the natural world, and I love both fauna and flora, which I express in my own style through the medium of stoneware clay.  I love old buildings, and plan to create toad houses, to complement my castellated tower bird feeders for the garden.

I also have a slightly warped sense of humour, and am having fun with monster mugs and am exploring some boney ideas too.  I hope you enjoy looking through my creations and if you have an idea that I could apply my style to, I'd love to hear from you to see if I can come up with something individual for you.

Sharon Ellis, Studio Potter

Growing as a Potter

Since my wonderfully freestyle beginnings with Clare, I've now become a member of Anglian Potters, a lively and thriving organisation that aims to provide the opportunity for members to meet and share their experience and enthusiasm about clay - take a closer look at https://www.anglianpotters.org.uk

Cherry Tree Pottery is also an associate member of the Craft Potters Association. The CPA is the national body in the UK representing studio potters and ceramic artists - for a closer look go to http://www.craftpotters.com/