How did Frankie’s come about?
I was born and raised in Liverpool, just up the road from our premises. I went to school just around the corner, Lidderdale Infant and then Morrison (now Greenbank) Primary school. I spent my childhood playing in Greenbank Park and Sefton Park.
I loved all things art and craft at school but also enjoyed science! I left school and trained as a Radio Officer for the Merchant Navy, ended up working in Essex for Marconi. Then I trained to become a Science teacher and ended as Head of Science in the Midlands (gradually working my way back North!)
I moved back to Liverpool in 2011 to be closer to my elderly mum, who incidentally loved art and craft too! I never lost my love of art and after taking a couple of pottery courses, I knew that was going to be my happy place!
I had planned to open a space where people of all ages could come and relax with friends and family or by themselves and paint lovely pottery, for themselves or as a gift for someone special. Art is good for the soul. In this fast paced world that we live in everyone needs a little time to get creative and have fun!
Why the name Frankie’s? I hear you say, well that was what my mum and dad called me as a small child so it’s a little nod to them.
It’s good to talk and express how you feel. Sometimes being creative can help with that. Just taking the time out from the stresses of daily life and having a bit of chill time to be creative whether it is with clay or by painting, it is sure to make you feel good!
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