Saturday, January 04, 2014


2013 was weird. 
I thought I would live in Australia forever, the bottom fell out of my world when I was told I had to leave.
I saw my career crumbling apart, friendships torn apart. Returning home seemed to me the worst failure. 
I felt the world had ended when I came home to the island. I genuinely felt hurt. I was bruised.
But it got better. Certainly not quickly, but life did get better. I rekindled friendships long neglected since I left home 6 years ago, I saw this beautiful island through different eyes, I stopped whining about the cold (well, kind of.) and we had a warm summer - and most importantly, I realised that I needed a drastic life change to allow me to prioritise my career. 
Through a strong and generous circle of friends, I met Spud and Maree. Within 2 months they had offered to clean out a tiny woodshed and turn it into my studio. Grateful, thankful, it doesn't cover it, it doesn't even come near. They gave me a sanctuary, they sent me a lifeboat. 
This is where I'm supposed to be, now. 
I'm happy to be home.

Thank you dear followers for cheering me on - happy 2014 to you! x


  1. Hi Kathryn,
    Love your work. Sad you couldn't stay but cross fertilisation feeds ideas. My forbears came from the isle 150 years ago so its on my must see list. Maybe one day. Where do you source your clay and materials?

    1. Hi Jo! As soon as I saw your name I thought 'there's a Manx family name!'.
      It's a beautiful place, you must visit!
      My clay and glaze come from 2 companies in Stoke-on-Trent. Delivery costs are painful, I'm currently researching couriers, ugh!
      Thank you for commenting!


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