I have worked in arts and crafts most of my adult life, I taught woodwork and crafts and design at Liverpool Community College , after taking a City and Guilds course in teaching training.
My qualifications include a City and Guilds in Woodwork also in Craft and Design. NVQ level 1 and 2 in pottery, and a level 2 in Sculpture. I have a qualification in Ceramic Restoration, then went on to achieve an NVQ level 3 in Conservation and Restoration (Ceramic Practitioner). I have adapted my skills in the restoration of dolls.
After working for Liverpool County Council Education Department, I went on to work for Social Services, and the NHS with sick children. I decided to learn about restoring pottery in Hertfordshire near London after retiring due to ill health.
I enjoyed the course so much I wanted to learn more about conservation and specialist materials that would be approved by Museums and Icon, I am now a qualified ceramic practitioner in these fields, I went on to work for the Museum of Lancashire Conservation Studios where I was asked to restore a doll (by the Museum of Lancashire) for Judges Lodgings Museum of Childhood in Lancaster. I have restored for a number of museums through the Conservation Studio including Cheshire, Wigan, Lancaster, Salford, and Astley Hall near Chorley.
I forgot how much I loved dolls, it’s like being a little girl again. I used to nurse sick children, I now restore broken dolls to their former glory for their owner’s pleasure and the future. I still feel I am doing a worthwhile job.