Meet Gaynor Robson the new owner of Kilnwood Studio, the pottery painting shop in Uckfield High Street.
Gaynor will be taking over on Saturday, February 1, from Jane DeVay who has run the business for the past two years but is now following her dream of launching a hypnotherapy practice.
Gaynor, who lives in Blackboys, is excited to be taking on Kilnwood Studio where she has been a regular customer.
She told Uckfield News: “I have always been creative, always wanted my own shop, and absolutely love it here. I just feel at home. It is therapeutic to sit and paint something so lovely.”
Gaynor’s husband Mark and 12-year-old daughter Charlotte share her enthusiasm for the new venture. “We are all very on board,” she said.
Jane is helping Gaynor to learn how to glaze and fire painted pottery, something she has never done before, and has offered to help cover holidays, at least initially.
Gaynor plans to come in, find her feet, and get a feel of the business before making any decisions on the future.
She said: “This is a lovely, well-established business, and I will keep it going as it has been and slowly look at ways of diversifying.
“I’m thinking of doing more refreshments, organising special evening events, things with children, and looking for more activities in the day time.”
Gaynor might incorporate more crafts too, for example she used to make and sell her own jewellery. She’s thinking it might be possible to sell more hand-crafted pieces at the shop.
Jane said she is pleased to welcome Gaynor to the shop. “She’s the perfect person for the business. I wasn’t creative when I started but I have learned to be over time and I have enjoyed being here and working with my customers.
She added: “Now I am looking forward to opening my new hypnotherapy business. I am trained in counselling and this is something I have always wanted to do.”
The studio’s new opening hours will be from 10am-4pm during the week and from 10-5pm on Saturday.