My Inspiration . . .

I live in Sussex with my husband and menagerie of animals, a kiln called 'Bertha' and an Art Studio in Glynde. I grew up in Essex and studied at Thurrock Technical College for my Foundation then I decided to break free and study at Brighton University on the 'Wood, Metal, Ceramics and Plastics' Course, specialising in Plastics and Visual Art in my final year. Loving layering gel coat resins and then sanding back and shaping sculptures. Next was a PGCE Teaching course in Secondary Education. This led to 20 years as an Art Teacher and Head of Art. As an Art Co-ordinator I was lucky to work with several up and coming artists developing projects in Mosaic, Paper Mache, Photography, Willow sculptures, Pinhole Photography, Murals, Life Drawing, Clay workshops etc. Alongside being a teacher I have always painted and featured at exhibitions throughout Surrey with my very expressive, textural paintings and ceramics. In 2016 I become a full time Artist and Ceramicist.

Of course as an artist I still spread my Art work everywhere and I have made a conscious decision to split my disciplines across two studios. So I have my messy space at home where I can literally throw clay around and push the boundaries of my new line of animal sculptures and I have my clean space at Glynde where I can open for Artwave, have meetings, teach, paint, use adobe Photoshop etc. This has been working really well for me as I always have too many ideas and it helps me to organise my thoughts. 

The animal sculptures began when someone walked into my Box Hill studio and asked for a sculpture of their dog, an English Bull Terrier called 'Peggoty'. When I took the commission I thought I'll give it a go. By the end I didn't want to hand it over to its owner, I loved it so much. Then there was another commission and so on. I have been using Raystede centre for animals as a source of inspiration. With the introduction of my "Lovables" collection, people can hopefully access something from my collection and take it home to love it. Whether it is a sculpture of their own pet, an animal or a bird that they just love. 


Liza in her studio.
 

Work can be bought online using our ETSY shop, click on webshop at the top of the page.

Liza's studio is opening for Lewes ARTWAVE this summer. Come down to the beautiful village of Glynde and see her very special exhibition with new additions to the "Loveables" collection. .