My name is Sue Dickinson, I’m originally from Plymouth, but have been living and working in Swindon for the past 9 years
Q - How did you become interested in art?
My interest in art came from taking an evening class in ceramics run by Swindon College, I enjoyed it so much, I then did a years access course followed by a 2 year HND in ceramics
Q - What inspires you most as an artist?
What inspires me most as an artist is the sea, pebbles and washed up articles found on the shoreline. I also love it when people praise my work-don’t we all!
Q - What is your favourite medium or media? Why?
My current favourite medium is clay especially porcelain slip (liquid clay) and crank clay-both have such different textures and qualities
Q - Could you tell us some more about your work?
I create pendants that are very tactile, like washed up shiny pebbles on the beach. As a sideline, I’ve just started producing small ornamental cats-I love cats and have made a few in the past for friends
Jewellery by Sue Dickinson
Q- How do you prepare yourself for an exhibition or a show like the Open Studios?
Q - How would you define your style?
Each piece of my jewellery is hand crafted, so each piece is unique.
Q - What are your influences; artists from the past or present who inspire you?
A few of my favourite ceramicists who are influencing my work include Paul Jackson, Nicky May and Charlotte Jones who are all from the present day
Q - How do you choose the subjects of your works?
From being influenced by the elements and the weather-the sea can be all different colours and take on so many shapes depending on the weather
I am preparing for open studio by producing as much as I can beforehand! I have a shared studio space at Wagon Yard in Marlborough, which I share with 3 other potters and we all give each other a lot of support and encouragement when it comes to exhibitions!
Q- Did you take part in the Swindon Open Studios in the past?
This is my first open studio
Q - Are there territories (media, subjects, etc.) you want to explore in the coming years?
I’d like to do more with textiles and somehow use textiles and ceramics together-but that’s a long way off!
Q - As an artist, what would be your dream?
To run my own shop in Devon/Cornwall where every article I made got sold!
Q - Could you share one thing that you have learnt in your own art practice that would be useful to other artists?
Keep at it and believe in your dreams!