An art tutor from West Cheshire College has been named ‘Artist of the Week’ on art and craft website, Folksy.
Art and design technician and ceramics tutor Kirsti Brown set up her own shop on the website, which showcases the work of UK designers and makers, selling ceramics featuring marks and patterns inspired by Scandinavian designs.
Kirsti said: “I set up as a ceramist 17 years ago after studying at Manchester Metropolitan University and it something I have always loved doing.”
“I became a tutor as I feel that it is important to share creative knowledge, skills and experience in ceramics.”
“I joined the Folksy website in the summer as a way to sell my work online. I was recognised by the Folksy team and my artwork was used on the Folksy Friday feature and shortly after I was named as Artist of the Week.”
“I was really proud of my achievement and I have received such a positive response from customers since then and my sales have increased rapidly.”
Following on from her positive experience, Kirsti is encouraging her students at West Cheshire College to sign up to the website.
She added: “I taught an NCFE in creative crafts in ceramics last year and I did encourage the students to use Folksy as one way of marketing their work.”
“Two students are about to start doing this after successfully selling at local Christmas craft fairs. I will definitely be giving them lots of tips and advice to get the most out of it.”
West Cheshire College offers part-time courses in a broad range of sectors and are still accepting applications for their January intake.