I was born in Devon but spent most of my early life in a Quaker village in India. Returning to England I studied conservation & restoration craft, working in London museums in the early years. On moving back to Devon I developed an innovative craft textile practice together with my two sisters, ‘Stein Design’, that exhibited and sold work throughout the country.

Later while my young family was growing up I was appointed Arts Development Officer at West Devon Borough Council. During this period I was heavily involved in instigating a county wide open studios event which became 9 Days of Art. Supporting and mentoring individual artists and commissioning public art works remained a particular passion of mine. Later, on being appointed Arts officer for East Devon, I continued to expand the council’s arts infrastructure, paying particular attention to the needs of individual artists and once again was responsible for inaugurating the region’s first open studio event.

In 2003 together with my partner Bob Butler I bought Otterton Mill near Budleigh Salterton developing it into an award winning visitor attraction which included a highly successful gallery exclusively selling the work of Devon & Somerset artists. Not content with sitting back and enjoying the fruits of my labour, I went on to became the co-founder and co-director of Grapevine Music which represented the interests of over 40 top international musicians & bands.

However, I have finally found the time to return to my first love, and over the last twelve months I have been concentrating on creating a portfolio of my own work. I first fell in love with mosaics when commissioning international award winning artist Elaine Goodwin to create a number of pieces for the entrance to Dartmoor Museum of Life, and have remained in contact with her ever since – she remains my principal inspiration. I work using ceramics, glass and found objects which I can see is a nod to my museum training and love of putting together broken items! Most of my work is made using the double indirect method although I have developed various more flexible styles depending on the nature of material and subject.

Contact Details

Email:
claire.a.stein@gmail.com

Tel: 01278 686408

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