I am Tamsin Arrowsmith-Brown.
I am currently an apprentice to the masterful and all-round wonderful Helen Beard.
After a degree in Social Anthropology and then a 7 year career working as a project manager for branding agencies, the call to making became too strong and I made the decision to try to make things for a living.
I had attended a ceramics evening class at the ideastore in Tower Hamlets in London (check it out if you're local - they run courses for EVERYTHING) and quickly became obsessed. I was very fortunate to know Helen and began to use her studio when she wasn't there. We then began to discuss the possibility of an apprenticeship and it was then that everything changed.
I made the decision to quit my job and give it a go.
I was then even more fortunate that one of my classmates mentioned Adopt a Potter, a fantastic charity run by Lisa Hammond, which helps apprentices like me afford to learn the skills necessary to become potters. Amazingly I was awarded a grant! And my official apprenticeship began in January this year.
January has been a busy month - Helen has begun preparations for two big shows this spring, Ceramic Art London and Chelsea Art Fair while at the same time finishing off some commissions.
I have been preparing my first attempt at a 'collection' to photograph and use to apply for some shows later this year. I will reveal which ones if and when I get in!!!