Carantoc Art was formed in 2015 when the large double garage in the garden of number 3 was given a major refit into a large space suitable for running classes in pottery. Although the house is on a busy road the studio is set back and is a sanctuary from the rush and stress of the world.
In 2009 after a successful career in IT Penny decided that she wanted to change direction and concentrate instead on developing her artistic skills.
She returned to college and in 2015 successfully completed a BA in Art and Professional Studies with a first through Bath Spa University.
Her passion throughout all her career has been in training. She loves to be able to see the look in peoples eyes when they "get it" and discover their own potential for taking an idea or skill forward. So having left college she setup a company in Weston-Super-Mare in a studio converted from a large double garage offering a range of art related courses.
At college she discovered a love for ceramics, it satisfies a need to express her creativity yet also has a technical element that fascinates her.
Her passion is in creating sculptures related to the natural world mainly built using traditional hand-building techniques and she considers herself a ceramic artist rather than a potter.
Hanne graduated from Art College in 2011 and after a spell working in retail now works in Carantoc Art as a potter and assistant.
Hanne makes a range of mugs, goblets plates and bowls which she sells under her own name. At Carantoc Art she in providing advice and instruction in the use of the 100+ Glazes, slips and oxides that are available for students to use.
Emma joined the pottery after bringing her two daughters to a children's holiday session. She is involved in all aspects of the pottery from assisting with classes to manufacturing products as required.
Her special talent lies in creating hand built sculptures such as fairy cottages, but she will also turn her hand to making the highland cows that the pottery sells to various gift shops.
Ember is one of the two studio dogs we have .
She is a very shy Australian Kelpie Cross who does not like strangers and she will welcome everyone to the studio with barking.
During the classes she is kept away from everyone as she will nip people.
Kya joined the studio at Christmas 2018 as her previous owner was going into surgery and could no longer cope.
She is an Australian Kelpie/Border Cross and is very friendly, so is around most of the time.
Kya likes to check if you have treats in your bag and if she decides she REALLY likes you, you may find a ball being placed in your lap as she is always looking for a playmate. She sleeps under the tables in the middle of the room during classes.
Note: Kya has white paws which makes it easier to identify her.
Mr Tiggs joined the team in December 2017. He has lived in several homes before coming to us. He is however a happy, friendly chap (most of the time) who lives permanently in the studio. He likes to check up on what you are doing and possibly help you with the odd paw print in your work.