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Oakham ceramic artist Connie Taylor will hold exhibition at Oakham's Victoria Hall

A Rutland mother-of-three made a drastic career change after the birth of her children.

Connie Taylor completed a business studies degree leading to a career in human resources, before eventually leaving the office to become a full-time mum.

During this time she started decorating pottery using watercolours and porcelain pens before deciding to learn how to make her own ceramic products.

Yarn bowl made by Connie Taylor
Yarn bowl made by Connie Taylor

She began pottery lessons in January 2015 after her twins - her two younger children - started school.

Pottery-making has become more pressured for her over the years due to an increase of orders coming in.

"It's crossed over from a hobby into a job," she said. "And generally, I love it."

Connie Taylor pottery
Connie Taylor pottery

After it became clear this was more than just a hobby, Connie's husband relinquished his shed at their home in Oakham to give her a creative space.

Her products are now stocked by trade buyers in galleries across the United Kingdom.

"I definitely have a local following but new buyers are always welcome," said Connie.

Alongside Kerstin Hartmann, she will be holding her fifth exhibition showing ceramics, soaps and basketry at Oakham's Victoria Hall from October 30 to November 6.

Connie's pottery inspired by nature
Connie's pottery inspired by nature

"I want people to come and enjoy the local products," explained Connie.

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