Meet Rebecca & Pippa, who are the owners of Dotty Pottery.
Rebecca - I Had previously studied a foundation degree at the Norwich University College of the Arts. I then undertook a creative textile crafts degree at Huddersfield University specialising in surface design, from which I graduated in 2002. Since this time I have worked in several roles some relating to my degree and some not so much! I have worked as a day services instructor working with adults with learning difficulties teaching and supporting clients with arts and crafts projects, Adult Education Tutor and support assistant, teaching and supporting adults in various art classes, recruitment and finally working as a careers advisor and of course my most challenging role of being a fulltime mum of two children.
Pippa I have always been arty since I was a little girl, enjoying arts and crafts such as decoupage, clay work, scrap booking and lots more always loving art that had a purpose which is one of the reasons I love painting ceramics. I went to Norwich City college and did a BTEC National Diploma in Fine Art and achieved a Triple Merit which then lead me onto Art school doing Visual Studies, Unfortunately I didnâ€â„¢t enjoy this course and went in to retail where I learnt a lot of business skills working my way up over 7 years and progressed into managing a concession in House of Fraser for 3 years. This roll helped me learn a lot of the skills I needed to running a small and successful business, which then lead me to taking the plunge with Becky to opening our very own shop!
How We know each other
We met whilst working at a ceramic painting studio
in Norwich and became good friends. When our employers at the time closed the
shop we always intended to open our own studio.
Dotty Pottery began in 2012 when Pippa bought a small kiln and
we began a mobile studio travelling to customers houses as well as to craft
fairs and shows.
Jessica. Supervisor/Studio Assistant.
I moved to Norwich to study at Norwich University of the Arts, graduating in 2013. Since then I have worked in various jobs but always maintained my love of art and crafts.I have worked in galleries running practical art workshops, and as a ceramic technician and art teacher.
I have always enjoyed the roles that involved helping children with creative activities.At university I studied sculpture, and I enjoy making small pieces of work from clay. I got my love of ceramics from going to pottery evening classes and I love painting and drawing, especially things from the natural world.
Take a look at what's inside the studio for you ...
The pair eventually opened the studio at Hellesdon Barns in 2014. The studio has the capacity for up to 25 people painting. The Shackleton café also based at Hellesdon Barns gives our customers the opportunity to buy hot and cold refreshments which can be consumed either in the café or in Dotty Pottery while you paint. We cater for groups, parties and individuals of all levels of ability and the staff at Dotty Pottery are always on hand to offer support and advice with your creations. 'We are so lucky to have our beautiful barn at Hellesdon Barns in Norwich to invite you to' There are a number of other retail units at this lovely little complex, including a cafe, & garden centre, toilets and free parking.
As you can see inside the studio we have plenty of ceramics available for you to choose from & there are more! We are always updating our stock and keep up with all the different seasons throughout the year so that our customers have lots of choice and never get bored when they come back time & time again!