GAIL Trezise opened her studio, Art Ceramics, at Cockington Court Craft Centre 12 months ago and hasn't looked back.
Prior to setting up at the Sea Change Studios at Cockington Court, Gail completed a degree course in Integrated Design, where she studied a range of craft techniques. She says she loves being able to experiment with new ideas and making the pieces at her Cockington studio.
"I'm developing my work the whole time, trying out new ideas and seeing what items sell best," she said. "My wedding favours and harbours are very popular and I'm now incorporating driftwood into my ceramics which I'm enjoying and which is also very popular.
"I love producing my harbours – each one is based on harbours around Devon and Cornwall and each one is different with their own individual character."
And for Gail, the development is continuing with a course planned for later in the year and further ideas to work on.
Using the quieter winter months to build up stock, Gail is now supplying works to several galleries across Devon and to the Devon Guild's pop-up shop in Dartmouth.
And she said one of the great benefits of being based at Cockington is the support and encouragement from fellow craftspeople.
"It's great being here," she said. "I enjoy coming every day and it's really boosted my confidence.
"I've had a really good 12 months – it was definitely worth coming here."
And Gail said another great factor about Cockington is the number of locals who make repeated visits to buy her work.
Marissa Wakefield, Cockington Court Craft Centre director, added: "Gail's work is unique , she has a strong individual style that is very popular with our visitors and she has built up several collectors that now revisit her studio to purchase more of her work.
"She is very passionate about her work and I have no doubt she will continue to make a success of her business."
Cockington Court Craft Centre is run by Torbay Development Agency as a visitor attraction and innovation centre to support creative businesses in the Bay.