Red Earth Designs
Karen and Claire graduated from the University of Ulster at Belfast in 1996, each with a BA. Honours Degree and then in 1998 with a Masters in Fine and Applied Art, ready to take on the world, but first, a bit of retail experience was necessary.
After two years with various jobs in the retail industry, enough management experience had been gained to begin the search for Studio premises. Alongside this, they were busy completing the LEDU (now Invest NI) business start up course, and approaching the Princes Trust, business plan in hand, for any help they could offer.
They have now been successfully trading for ten years and still get great enjoyment and satisfaction from making and selling their work. Their sixteen years experience of ceramics has lead them to experiment with many making processes and techniques, which have, in-turn led to a very distinct style of work.
It has been described as beautiful, fresh, innovative, contemporary, modern and unique.