I studied Art and German at Aachen University and graduated in 1982. After moving to the UK I spent many years teaching foreign languages. During this time I kept my interest in ceramics and textiles alive. I decided to leave the teaching profession in 2006 and retrain as a ceramic restorer / conservator. Subsequently I set up the Ceramic Repair and Conservation Studio in Kent.
I am a member of the Institute of Conservation (ICON) and regularly attend their conferences, lectures and workshops in order to keep ahead of the latest developments in the field.
I have worked for private collectors and antiques dealers and have completed several projects for Great Dixter House and Garden in East Sussex. I have undertaken a wide range of projects including: an early salt glaze mug, several 18th century English pearl and cream ware pieces, antique Chinese porcelain, Delft ware, early Staffordshire figures as well as 20th century studio pottery. Equally I enjoy rescueing heirlooms and other precious pieces enthusiastic customers bring to me. This could be Lladro, Beswick or Royal Doulton figurines, a special vase or grandmother’s tea pot without a particular provenance. I have also worked on more quirky pieces: a World War I ceramic savings bank in the shape of a tank, a ceramic Noddy car and a live size Coco de Mer sculpture.
After relocating to Herefordshire with my husband in 2012, I now work from a purpose built workshop on an idyllic fruit farm in Linton near Ross-on-Wye.