After working by herself for a few years, Margaret attended Potters Cottage where she was eventually asked to teach classes, which she did for 9 years. During those years, Margaret and a group of friends from Potters Cottage operated a small pottery outlet in the old Ringwood Market. In 1985 she was invited to become a member at Stonehouse, where she has remained ever since.
She enjoyed all types of pottery and held a number of successful exhibitions of her burnished, pitfired, blackware, inspired by Maria Martinez from New Mexico, USA. Also a source of enjoyment was making functional pottery for daily use, amongst which her favourite were teapots, because of the intricacy in making all the component parts and producing a teapot which poured well, and was ergonomic.
‘Although I am no longer working in ceramics, my obsession with clay began in 1976, brought about, because I couldn’t find any pots of a suitable shape for my macramé work, which was for displaying flowers and plants. I decided to make my own and from the first day of handling clay became passionate about it, the feel, the texture, the technique and the results after firing.
My lifetime passion of gardening meant that I needed to produce work which could be used in mine and other people’s gardens - bird baths, water bowls and planters, also decorative sculptural pieces.
It is a joy to know that over the years my work has been appreciated and used on a daily basis and that it helps to provide access to water in gardens for wildlife.'
Margaret’s current work includes cushions, placemats, tablecloths and crocheted hats.