High-flying exec swaps advertising for art

Lorna Watkinson (in red standing) with participants at a session in Warkworth.
Lorna Watkinson (in red standing) with participants at a session in Warkworth.

A north Northumberland woman who left the bustling world of corporate advertising has set up her own pottery painting business.

Lorna Watkinson, from Warkworth, took redundancy after working for 17 years for Procter and Gamble in the media-advertising department.

Since becoming a mum, she had found working in a highly-charged executive position increasingly unrewarding and was looking for a more fulfilling way to support her family that would also allow her to better balance motherhood and a career.

Lorna decided that a mobile pottery painting studio was an ideal business to replace her corporate life. She underwent intensive training and the result was Rainbow Pottery Painting, a mobile pottery studio that goes where ever her customers need her.

She believes that her business isn’t just about creating a nice piece of pottery, it’s also a very rewarding way of boosting your sense of well-being in the company of friends or colleagues.

“My sessions are much more than simply decorating a piece of pottery,” she said.

“Although I do children’s activities, my passion is to encourage adults to give this a try as it is such an enjoyable activity.

“At first it can be daunting for individuals to start their design however it is usually at this point that I see the experience bond a group together as they encourage and motivate each other to be creative.

“The result is both relaxing and therapeutic as it provides a positive sense of well-being as strangers are given the opportunity to become friends and friends find time to appreciate one another.”

A typical session will see participants painting their own designs on unglazed pottery such as plates, mugs or even teapots.

After the session, Lorna takes the work home where she glazes them in her kiln before returning them to the group a few days later.