on her hands
So she took up pottery"
When Wimbledon housewife, Mrs Billie Cook,
Sunnyside, gave up work, she found she had time on her hands.
So she started going to part-time pottery classes – and
now professionals agree she is one of the most promising amateur
potters in years.
She has just had her second exhibition at the
Gordon Gallery, Wimbledon, where her spare time pots, lamps and
ashtrays have been bought for anything up to 10 guineas.
Scottish born Mrs Cook, 38, who has never had
any formal art training, said : “I have always been interested
in art , so I enrolled at Putney Art School for the Pottery Classes.
“ Now she has her own work-shop in the garden with a kiln
and her original ideas have captured the imagination of both the
public and her fellow- potters.
Mr Bill Bridges of the Gordon Gallery is very
impressed by Mrs Cook’s work and sees a great future for
her. When she first came to see me a year ago, I was very impressed
indeed and very glad to include her work at the Gallery. I would
say she has the best talent of any potter I know.
“Other potters have seen her work and
tell me she is quite outstanding and we have sold more of her
work than any other potter we have had.”
All Mrs Cook’s are basically useful and
she gets her shapes and ideas from nature and drawings she has
made at the Natural History Museum.
Now their influence is obvious in her work.
Some pots have the chunky, rough texture of rock formations and
others are taken from seeds and plants.
She has been very encouraged by the sale of
her work and says she feel as if she is just beginning.
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