wall bowl with lake
Education Newcastle College of Art 1960 64 National Diploma in Design (Ceramics and Illustration)
Leicester College of Art 1965 - Art Teachers Diploma
Teaching - Newcastle full time Art and craft secondary level, and further education pottery courses In Durham and Sunderland.
Associations Committee member with Northumbrian Craftsmen and Northern Potters Association from 1990, with special responsibility for administration of the annual Festival of Ceramics. Vice chairman from 1992 - 1994.
In 1985 Syl opened a pottery workshop and showroom at Blackfriars Craft Centre, a restored 13 th century monastery in Newcastle, where she made and sold her pottery until 1997.
In 1995 Syl and husband Ray, purchased a 17 th century building in Alston, Cumbria, which they have gradually restored and opened as Stokoe House Ceramics Gallery with studio and workshop. The ground floor gallery displays the of Syl and Ray, whilst the 1st floor gallery shows changing exhibitions of other potters' work.
EXHIBITIOND AND EVENTS
LYC Gallery, Banks, Cumbria 1979 and 1981
Bede Monastery Museum, Tyne and Wear 1982 and 1984
Buddle Arts Centre, Newcastle 1983
Metal Arts Precinct, South Shields 1983 and 1985
Gossipgate Gallery, Alston Cumbria 1986,1989, and 1992
Bondgate Gallery, Alnwick, Northumberland 1993
Pyramid, York 1994
Stokoe House Gallery, Alston Cumbria 2000
Severn Studio ,John Ruskin's House, Brantwood 2003
Northumbrian Craftsmen Exhibitions at DLI Museum, Durham, Preston Park Museum, Middlesbrough,The Queens Hall, Hexham. Central Library Newcastle.
Northern Potters Association Selected Exhibitions
Cleveland Craft Centre, 1991: Mercer Gallery Harrogate 1992 :Washington Arts Centre, Co Durham 1992 : Gray Art Gallery, Hartlepool, 1992 : The Manor House Gallery, Ilkley, Yorkshire, 1993 : Lotherton Hall Yorkshire, 1994 ; The Harris Gallery, Preston, 1997.
Clayworks 3 Craftsmen Potters Gallery London, 1993 ; Cumbria Craft Guild Selected Exhibitions, Grizedale, Cumbria, 1998, 1999, 2000 and Rhum Gallery Penrith 2001.
Potfest Penrith Cumbria each year from 1996, to 2000
Potfest in the Park, Hutton in the Forest each year from 2001 - 2008
Art in Clay, Farnham 2001
Potfest, Scotland each year from1998 to 2007
Potfest Peak, Bakewell, Derbyshire 1996, 1997
Regular sales Outlets
Stokoe House Ceramics Gallery, Alston, Cumbria (own gallery )
Northern Lights Gallery, Keswick Cumbria
Thornthwaite Gallery, Cumbria.
Coach House Gallery, Brantwood, Coniston, Cumbria.
Several publicly commissioned works for churches, including font for Sacred Heart, Newcastle,
Chalices and Patterns for refurbished St Nicholas church, Durham, communion sets for international Methodist's Conferences, Newcastle 1992, Nottingham 1993 and Leeds 1994. Decorative wall panels, to commemorate Jarrow 900 years and Middlesbrough 150 years and panel to commemorate the opening of BBC's new regional headquarters, Newcastle unveiled in 1989 by Prince Charles.
2000 Tiles in Eden
A millennium project funded by Eden Arts
Collaboration with Sue Sharp led to 3 separate community tile making projects, which have resulted in 4 ceramic panels installed in Alston Town Centre. 1999 2000
Community Tile Mural and Way Markers THE WADER PROJECT at Rookhope in Weardale, sponsored by R.S.P.B. and The Countryside Commission installed on the exterior of the Village Hall 2002
Tile Mural with Portland School for special Needs, Sunderland, Commissioned for opening of new school with River Wear theme. 2001
Tile pavement a community tile making project to produce medieval tiles to be sited in Alston.
Garden of Dreams a series of 5 tile murals with Badger Hill school, Cleveland to create an outdoor classroom the largest being 12ft 3ft. theme the Natural world. 2002
Tiled mural local landmarks -Bamburgh Special School South Shields 2003
Tiled Mural Tree of life Whitfield School, Northumberland. 2003
3 tiled murals Sea life theme with Errington Primary School, Marske, Cleveland. 2004
Featured in publications
Colour in Clay by Jane Waller, published by Crowood Press 1998
Potters Workshop by Jenny Rodwell, published by David and Charles 1999.