Meet designer Carol Jackson-Kitchen

Carol Kitchen at work

Carol Jackson-Kitchen has worked in the design industry for nearly 20 years, however ,working in Ceramics is a relatively new medium for her but one which she loves and feels passionate to develop.

Carol Jackson-Kitchen

Having graduated from the University of Northumbria in 1995 with a degree in fashion design, Carol began her 15 year career as a fashion designer. She worked in New York and London for various high street chains and eventually ended her career as a womenswear designer for Ted Baker.

Carol Jackson-Kitchen budgies

In 2003 Carol Jackson-Kitchen and her husband decided to move back up north to Lancashire to be near to their families.

flying Budgie - Carol KitchenIn 2009 Carol took a career break to raise her daughters. It was during that time she met the very talented ceramicist Christine Cummings. This chance encounter gave her a fantastic opportunity to begin working for Christine. This is where her ceramics journey began.

bottle stoppers She has always had a passion for ceramics and through her twenties and thirties would spend much of her free time scouring vintage stores and antique fairs for ceramic gems to add to her collection. In particular Carol loves 50s and 60s ceramics which she hopes is reflected through her work.

flying Blue titHer love of budgerigars and birds comes from childhood pet memories. She had a few budgies, some more well trained than others! Bubbles was the most tame and talented of all and memories of her antics still makes her smile today.

blue tit bottle stopper by Carol KitchenIt is the combination of these two influences that have inspired Carol’s work. Although her journey into the field of ceramics has been a fairly recent one, she is hoping it will continue and develop for many years to come.

Candle holder with budgie

These pieces are part of our CHRISTMAS AT HEART Exhibition. Carol’s work has been very well received here in Hebden Bridge. Be quick if you want to see her cute budgies and blue tits.

flying budgie

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