Artists > Tony Orvis
Taking early retirement from business I signed up for a drawing and painting course, something that I had always wanted to do but like many people never had the time. Fortunately, I enjoyed it and developed my skills and style.
I then discovered print making. I bought a small press for use in what was then my new small studio in our garden and joined the Leicester Print Workshop - a fabulous place with great people.
Having always liked the thought of working with clay I tried it and was hooked immediately. Clay provides an amazing opportunity to make a wide variety of forms, restricted only by your imagination.
After setting up my own studio at home I taught for a number of years at Unique Cottage Studios, Spalding; a truly unique place with a variety of artist studios. I enjoyed introducing pottery to a wide range of people, running six adult classes a week. However, I stopped teaching classes in April 2017 to develop my own work.
I feel very fortunate to be where I am right now. A few years ago I was a member of the "rat race" and now I am almost as far away from that as you can get - and that's the way I like it!