Harleston artist secures place at big trade show

An up-and-coming artist is celebrating after securing a spot at her first big trade show.

Kate Fisher, who has been running her own ceramics shop and workshop in south Norfolk for the last two years, relocated from Pulham Market to Harleston last month.

The 26-year-old ceramics artist hopes to further boost her reputation after getting a place at the British Craft Trade Fair in Yorkshire in the spring.

Miss Fisher, who lives above her shop in Union Street, Harleston, hopes to secure more commissions and work from galleries as a result of the three-day fair in April.

She said: 'It is quite a confidence boost because you have to show a certain standard to get into the British Craft Trade Fair. I have done small events, but nothing like this before.'

Miss Fisher, who received support and advice from the Suffolk Craft Society's Making It scheme after leaving college to set up Kate Fisher Ceramics, said business had been busy after moving to Harleston. She has had a lot more passing trade and quite a few people asking her to teach courses on how to use a wheel.

She added: 'I was determined to go into costume design and fashion when I was at school and when I started a degree in design crafts at Lowestoft College, I was still interested in textiles, but once I got on the potter's wheel, I was hooked.'