Claire graduated from London Metropolitan University after studying Silversmithing, Jewellery and allied crafts. This was a varied course with lots of experimentation with materials which suited Claire's textile background.
During Claire's degree her final project was based on a tea strainer and this led to a great exploration of the traditions of tea drinking and experimentation of using tea as a material. This project was the starting point for the Tea collection.
Claire continues to use tea paraphernalia to inspire and develop the Tea collection. Drinking tea fuels every session in the studio. Her continual interest in materials and processes helps her work progress, she finds her work develops best when working and experimenting.