Apart from being an incredible needlewoman and tapestry designer, my mother is also a well-known sculptor of dogs.
Mum trained at St Martin’s School of Art (now known as Central Saint Martins at University of the Arts, London) in the late 1950’s.
It was the celebrated artist, Mr Middleditch, who asked Mum “can you knit?”.
When Mum brightly replied “yes” she was then told “why don’t you go home and do it!”
I, for one, am very glad Mum didn’t trot home and look for her knitting needles, (though she has knitted many lovely creations for me and my children).
If it is any consolation, Mr Middleditch spent most of his tutoring life asleep drunk on a trestle table in one of the studios.
After remarrying, Mum needed to earn a living and decided to take up sculpture again.
Over the years, Mum has worked hard creating individual hand-made porcelain dogs.
Mum has many collectors of her work all over the world.
She can make every breed of dog and mongrels from photographs of beloved dogs.
Also, Mum has been, with her models, a regular exhibitor to Crufts and international dog shows.
Because Mum loves dogs, she knows how to capture them in porcelain….
(and the occasional lion and unicorn, if requested).
(No, I can’t do this – not even slightly – please don’t ask me to)