Margaret Adams' Profile

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I have been creative all of my life but it is only in the last few years that I have even thought of earning my living that way.
My mother and sisters all did though. They where all paintresses in the pottery industry when I was growing up in the 1960s in the busy little town of Longton in North Staffordshire. Then the double decker buses were full to over flowing with men and women travelling to and from work in one of the hundreds of "potbanks" that produced everything from the daintiest china to the most utilitarian sewage pipe, toilet or tile
. My grand father was an artist, although I never knew him personally, his paintings were always around when as a child, and so I grew up with the sense that it was in my blood to be artistic, industrious and productive.
It was only 10 years ago that I discovered that my family from my other paternal side are related to one of…

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  • Female
  • Born on October 9
  • Joined March 5, 2011

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paint, paper, beads, wire, canvas, wood, furniture, dutch metal leaf, masking fluid

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I have been creative all of my life but it is only in the last few years that I have even thought of earning my living that way.
My mother and sisters all did though. They where all paintresses in the pottery industry when I was growing up in the 1960s in the busy little town of Longton in North Staffordshire. Then the double decker buses were full to over flowing with men and women travelling to and from work in one of the hundreds of "potbanks" that produced everything from the daintiest china to the most utilitarian sewage pipe, toilet or tile
. My grand father was an artist, although I never knew him personally, his paintings were always around when as a child, and so I grew up with the sense that it was in my blood to be artistic, industrious and productive.
It was only 10 years ago that I discovered that my family from my other paternal side are related to one of Staffordshire's earliest and very sucessful potters. Therefore. I've come to grasp that being ingenius and inventive is in my DNA, and that is the reason that I am compelled to paint everything that doesn't move just as a sheep dog is driven to round up sheep.

Added to those factors, throughout my marriage I always had furniture that people gave me because it was hideous usually, and this was compounded by the fact that I moved with my young family which included three children at one stage, to and from one of Shetland's outer islands three times. Each time having to reduce my belongings to what would squeeze into a transit van. This forced me to be resourceful, inventive and creative, because, necessity really is the mother of invention.

Everything that I am selling is original, useful, beautiful and fairly ecologically sound. I really do love transforming things, although often the process is physically demanding and messy, it's the results that I love. It is also the buzz I get from using something which had been devalued because it's no longer fashionable. I hate waste, I think it's unnatural apart from being unethical. I hope that some people like my furniture so that I can carry on doing it until I am physically incapable, and that won't be a happy day for me!

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