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Artist returns to heart of inspiration

21 July 2014

Jessica Pratt

Former UCLan student completes masters nineteen years after first degree

A former University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) student has returned to Preston to study for a Masters in ceramics almost nineteen years after she graduated with a degree in ceramics and visual studies from the University.

Anne Haworth from Adlington, Chorley, wanted to return to the place that was the “heart of her inspiration” in the days before she became a arts practitioner.

She has recently had her final year work featured within the Victoria Building PR1 Gallery.

Anne said her return to further study is: “a way of going back to the craft of making, testing and trying out new ideas, without feeling pressure from galleries.”

“I enjoy experimenting with porcelain surfaces and this course has given me the perfect amount of breathing space to explore my preferred areas.”

The theme of plants and nature has been a dominant one for Anne since she left UCLan and this theme is present in her final year project Sea Coral, with all of her hand-built ceramics based on these natural forms.

Anne said of the project: “I’ve always liked my work to be quite understated and have relied on oxides, underglazes and slips to achieve a surface which I feel is part of the piece rather than an addition to it. I enjoy experimenting with porcelain surfaces and this course has given me the perfect amount of breathing space to explore my preferred areas.”

Former journalist Anne spent her time between graduating in 1995 and beginning her MA last year by working as a self-employed ceramicist, beginning with an exhibition at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston. She then went on to work with businesses and schools, establishing a distinct style of work that was used in cross-country exhibitions.

A recent career move saw Anne help to establish a group called Arteach, which aims to convince school children to consider a career in the arts. At the start of her Masters studies Anne was also working in creative arts for disabled artists.