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Ann was born in Doncaster a long time ago. Since then she has lived in Ghana, Wales, Berkshire and for the last 40 years in North Nottinghamshire. She married Joe Robbins and has a family of three children and eight grandchildren. Along with Joe, Ann worked to provide computer systems to Cochlear Implant Centres around the country. Upon retirement she found her interests, old cars, gardening, knitting, village and family life easily filled the time. But a pottery class in Rufford taught by Rachel Wood changed that, everything had to be shuffled around to accommodate this new obsession. Conversations with local hero, Jane Hamlyn – a salt glaze potter who lives in Everton – led to Jane becoming Ann’s mentor as a stumbling novice potter. When Joe died in 2016 pottery took on an even more important role, providing a much-needed focus. Jane’s generosity with her time and unfailing enthusiasm for her work guided Ann from making rudimentary through rustic to finally hopeful pots.
Ann joined the Sherwood Forest Wood Firing Society in 2018. The glazes which Ann had already developed using cobalt, tin and iron oxides now shine under the influence of the unpredictable wood ash and fire producing some of her best work yet.
My studio is an old Victorian salting house set in the orchard of my home. It can be cold and damp in winter but is Spring and Summer there is no nicer place to be. I also belong to the Sherwood Forest Wood Firing Society.
ANN ROBBINS – WORK
I make functional pots using stoneware clay and a variety of glazes including those made with wood ash. The pots are reduction fired in my gas kiln or at Thoresby in the wood fired kiln.
Open Studio: 1-3 May (BH) & 5-6 June, 11am-4pm
- Tea and coffee.
- The studio is situated in an old orchard.
- No wheelchair access.