Iveta Goddard - Ceramist

Getting Started

Iveta grew up in the Czech republic where her father would often design items and commission local potters to make them. He would also take her to ceramic galleries , so it is hardly surprising that Iveta grew up with an interest in ceramics.

She decided to attend a pottery class at school and later studied ceramics at college for four years, developing a broad knowledge of creating, decorating, glazing, and firing. However, she found it difficult to find work in ceramics, and could not afford her own kiln, so she got a job working on cartoons production at Czech TV.

In 1996 Iveta settled in Sussex, and after several different jobs she had saved enough money to equip a basic studio and started making ceramics, initially as a hobby.Her first craft fair was at Goodwood, where her clocks and a few coasters were well received.

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Iveta has always made clocks and still loves making them, she enjoys the whole process of creating something from an idea which can come from anywhere at any time. Her first one was a free-standing triangle shaped clock, the concept has evolved to the shape that you see now, from an interesting stone that she saw in her garden with curved sides and top. It suits her style, as she enjoys making things in an unusual shape. 

In 2004, she decided to make her hobby a business. Since then, she has expanded her range of items to include tea lights, candle-holders, jewellery, flowerpots, ceramic boats, bird baths for the garden, wind chimes, wall plates, mirrors, pencil holders and vases, which are now sold in galleries and to private collectors both in the UK and overseas, including Japan, Australia and USA. The Surrey Guild is delighted her work is now also available in the Gallery in Milford.

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Iveta’s pottery is made in white earthenware or stoneware. The fresh and contemporary design is achieved using techniques such as engraving, carving and stamping following minimalistic decoration with oxides and colourful glazes, they are finally fired in an electric kiln to 1020°C or 1240°C.

In 2018 her clocks appeared on a BBC2 programme called The Great Pottery Throw Down. The production company asked her if they could use a few of her clocks for the episode shown in February in which contestants had to make clocks. Two of her pieces were in a selection of work placed on the judges’ table, which was very exciting for her! Iveta still gets lots of enjoyment and never tires of developing new ideas and designs.

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Alison Catchlove - Metalworker

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Starting out 

Alison says she has always been a maker. When she was a child, her Mum would give her paper to draw on and she would cut it up and stick bits together to make little animals. Alison was ‘arty’ all through her school life, and enjoyed the discovery of different materials, like plaster and clay, and this motivated in her to go to art college and to University, where she discovered the utter joy of metal and welding!


Due in part to her subject matter, Alison has been very lucky in the last few years to be offered several solo shows at RHS gardens. Along with her flowers, butterflies and bees, this year Alison was able to enhance RHS Wisley’s new rose gardens with her roses, each of which was made up of some 43 individual pieces. Each separate petal was hand cut from 3/4 mm mild steel sheet with a pair of tin snips, hammered and bent to shape, then all the pieces were welded together. Finished roses were then galvanised and etched for a rust free, natural metal look (a few of them have her signature little ladybird on). The project took her 3 three months to complete!

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Alison undertakes lots of commissions, but only accepts them if they fit with her style. She has been known to turn down enquiries for ‘random items’ like aeroplanes, which do not sit well with her body of work.

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Sometimes Alison’s work is left in its natural colour, or burnished to glow, like the butterfly here (see left). Sometimes she adds colour, making them come alive like the ones below.


Private commissions have included a wall piece with really detailed ferns, each leaf hand cut and hammered to shape. Alison was charmed when the lady who commissioned it came to the studio and spent an afternoon helping her to cut out the bits. The leaves had a few little bugs attached - just to take the viewer by surprise.

Another special birthday commission completed last year was a family of parakeets to remember a special holiday adventure. It was secretly arranged for the birthday girl to visit one of Alison’s events, so she could have a go at working on part of the sculpture (without her realising it would later be her own gift).

Alison also runs workshops in schools, getting groups of children to help her cut, file and hammer bits of sculptures that she then completes and returns to the school.

Product sales and social media

Alison sells her work mainly through garden sculpture exhibitions. She exhibits with the Surrey Sculpture Society quite often and occasionally takes part in craft fairs, all these helping her build up a good following and people now regularly contact her when they want a piece for a special occasion.



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Alison will be taking part in Surrey Artist Open Studios from her studio in Shere again next June.

This is an occasional blog for the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen by Camilla Whybrow, Jewellery maker and Surrey Guild of Craftsmen member.

Tanya Williamson - Machine-embroidered Textiles

Meet Tanya Williamson...

Tanya was bought a sewing machine by her mother-in-law for Christmas about 6 years ago. She decided to take a course in Farnham to learn how to operate it effectively and was immediately hooked. 

Tanya found that she could create cushions in her own style of appliqué with freehand machine embroidery, and create unique images using upcycled fabrics. Over time she has developed designs featuring a broad range of British wildlife, which she presents on cushions, pictures and designs printed on mugs.

Her inspirations can come from a gorgeous piece of fabric, a picture in a magazine, or a suggestion from a mum in the school playground.


Tanya sells her work through her website and via Etsy; as well as at craft shows, festivals and agricultural shows. Her cushions and pictures are also on sale in the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen Gallery in Moushill Lane, Milford, and in a number of local shops,

She frequently takes commissions, these are often of people’s pets, particularly dogs.



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This is an occasional blog for the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen by Camilla Whybrow, jewellery maker and Surrey Guild of Craftsmen member