From school I found myself entering the world of work far earlier and more suddenly than intended (though not unexpectedly), and as a result was thrust into the world of full time employment working in automotive engineering. After several years of metal bashing, grease, oil and welding later, I decided to return to education, initially through part time evening study while continuing to work full time. It became apparent that I could not realise my ambition unless I returned to full time education, firstly completing an Art and Design Foundation diploma before gaining bachelor’s degree in 3D design (ceramics) at Loughborough College of Art & Design. Since graduating I have worked at several institutions, joining Falmouth in 1999 as 3D foundation technician. Today as senior technician, within the Falmouth Campus Technical Facility, I continue to support students studying both undergraduate and postgraduate courses from various departments including Falmouth School of Art, School of Architecture Design and Interiors, and the wider university. I support the use of a wide variety of materials and instruct on an extensive range of technical processes, concentrating on fine wood work, jewellery/fine metal work but also including plaster, glass, casting, clay and ceramics.