Armstrong - Paula Armstrong Ceramics
Well what can I say, I love what I do and I think that's the most important thing. I have worked in arts and crafts in some way for the last 18 years.
As an artist I have been creating contemporary ceramic sculpture since 1998 calling on inspiration from a wide variety of sources. I enjoy the challenge of creating finely balanced pieces and delight when my work has impact involving the viewer. Each piece is individually hand-built, most often in stoneware clay. Lately I have been working to incorporate textile and beaded elements into my work as well as lights. I have exhibited my work in galleries around the UK as well as curating exhibitions and creating work to commission.
To share my passion for art and clay I have also teach regular classes and workshops in ceramics at my studio in Willingham, Cambridgeshire. In the past I have also taught classes in painting and drawing, as well as drop-in craft workshops and lantern-making. I have also organised community arts projects from the earliest stages of planning and funding to delivering workshops and delivering evaluation.
Along with this, I have worked in local authority as Arts Development Officer and Development Officer, Lead for Arts and Culture. Both of these roles aimed to develop infrastructure in support of the arts, to help them flourish and grow.
I've also had the pleasure of working in a number of voluntary and community arts organisations over the years including Open Studios Northamptonshire and Top Yard Gallery.