Chloe Harford attended Plymouth College of Art & Design to complete a National Diploma in Design Crafts in 1997.
She met her partner Chris Hawkins, also a potter, whilst at college and after completing her course he invited her to learn more about ceramics in his workshop deep in the heart of the Tamar Valley.
Chloe started with making a few small ceramic brooches & necklaces soon after and slowly the animals developed to where she is now with the very popular puffins and seals.
Chloe Harford has now been making animal sculpture for 12 years and has been inspired both by worldwide animals with appeal & the local wildlife found on the land surrounding the workshop which is set in 6 acres of woodland on the banks of the river Tamar. Left untouched the land has water meadows and ponds, which has become a haven for the numerous wildlife in the area, including for a brief time in 2009, an escaped beaver! The Tamar Valley has a long mining history and the workshop itself stands close to one of these mines. Tin, copper and tungsten were once mined here and the whole valley is rich in minerals, some of which are used for glazes and colour.
Chloe's latest idea is to film the Otters, Badgers & Deer living on the land to use as models for new work.