A former postal worker from Diss says she wants to see as many people as possible at her open studio days, following her recent transition from ceramics hobbyist to fully-fledged businesswoman.
Lois Thirkettle, of Roydon Road, has established a new, boutique ceramics and pottery business — known simply as Lois Thirkettle Ceramics — at her studio opposite the TW Gaze auction grounds, having retired from her career at Diss Post Office last July.
Mrs Thirkettle, who is running the business with her husband Phil, credited members of the Anglian Potters group, particularly Pulham Market ceramics specialist and teacher Roy Auker, with helping her to reach where she is now.
“I have been doing pottery for several years, just dabbling in it. I actually started in college, but I had lost confidence,” she told the Diss Express.
“A very good friend of mine, about 10 or 12 years ago, directed me to Roy. He built up my confidence. He is the one who has made me what I am today.
“The Anglian Potters have really got me going with it. Since then, I have come along in leaps and bounds.”
Mrs Thirkettle mainly specialises in domestic wares such as bowls or mugs, as well as large platters and decorative pieces, built with earthstone original and special fleck clay, and decorated using ‘wax resist’ designs.
She stated her objective was to sell mostly at fairs and events, including Folk East, in addition to specially commissioned work.
“I’m literally just starting up to try and make a little business. It’s actually starting to build,” she added.
Her studio is now taking part in the ongoing Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios initiative. It will be open for all members of the public to explore between 10am and 5pm, today, tomorrow, Saturday, Sunday, and from Thursday, June 9, to Sunday, June 12.
For more information, please visit her website at www.loisthirkettle.co.uk