Heather Mills has a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Ceramic Design from the Witwatersrand Technikon (now University of Johannesburg) and also served an internship at Anthony Shapiro’s ceramic studio where she worked alongside Zimbabwean wheel workers who could throw incredibly finely. Subsequently she had the opportunity to work in a ceramic studio in Wales.
Heather’s focus is hand thrown ceramics. This work is delicately and skillfully thrown on the wheel, using white stoneware clay. An accomplished decorator, she uses the sgraffito technique to create intricate, gentle and subtle etchings. Texture is introduced by applying pearl like protrusions on the surface of the clay.
Heather has exhibited her work widely throughout South Africa, as well as internationally in New York, United Kingdom, Australia and Germany. She has won numerous awards and regularly exhibits alongside fellow ceramists.