Every piece is designed, constructed and handmade from scratch by me, Maria Whetman in my TINY workshop in Devon. Reclaimed 'tin' (printed steel), vintage materials and found objects abound in my designs. I like my work to tell a story, have a personality and above all, to be well-made to a high standard.
My workshop consists of....just me, my basic tools and equipment, even my drills are hand-drills, I make my own findings out of the small offcuts and scraps from making my pieces, I make some of my own basic tools and generally try to keep my work as low-impact as possible, partly because it's just me in a very small space just a few feet square..
Between 1987 and 1993 I trained at Hereford College of Art, Central Saint Martins (London) and Cardiff Institute for teacher training (Cardiff Uni').
When I'm not designing, making, attending craftshows or building orders for galleries then I'm teaching at Plymouth College of Art, or The Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery....and finally, being a mum.