Standing Lamp

Meryl was a talented designer and porcelain maker who specialised in handmade porcelain ceramic lighting. For the last 25 years of her life she lived and worked in Bristol, a city she loved. Initially she worked from Veron Ikon, a gallery at the top of Christmas Steps. Later Meryl worked from her home studio in Totterdown and sold her work through galleries around the country including Makers in Colston Street, Bristol.

Meryl was born in Stoke-on-Trent, a city well known for its pottery industry. She always maintained a close link with the area to visit family and friends and also to buy her clay and glaze from local suppliers, Valentine Clays and Potclays. It could be said that the industry was in her blood as her Grandfather worked at Middleport Pottery loading the bottle kilns and Doreen, her Mum, had worked for many years as a gilder at Alfred Meakins Newfield Pottery.

Her love of ceramics began after leaving school when she attended a night class. It was there that an inspirational teacher opened her eyes to the creative possibilities of ceramics and she decided to go to Loughborough College of Art & Design to study full time. In 1993 Meryl graduated with a BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design Degree - First Class Honours.

As well as having gained experience as a ceramics teacher and a lecturer Meryl had many exhibitions of her work including - Stoke Open at The Potteries Museum in Stoke-on-Trent, Ceramic Contemporaries at the V&A Museum in London and New Designers at The Design Centre in London. She won several awards for her work including the BT Newcomers Innovation Award, The Moorcroft Award at the Stoke Open and a Development Award from East Midlands Art. Meryl was also involved in many community arts projects in both Loughborough and Bristol.

Meryl will always be remembered in the hearts of those who loved her, and they take comfort in warm memories of Meryl and the beautiful ceramic work that is her legacy.