Patia studied at Harrow College of further Education 1986 – 1988 and subsequently spent two further years at Cardiff from 1998 – 1990. During her time at Harrow and Cardiff she was tutored by Mick Casson, which after her graduation led to an invitation by Mick and Sheila Casson to join the team at Wobage in 1990. This is where Patia continues to work today in her own workshop making slip decorated earthenware alongside high-fired ash and feldspathic glazed porcelain. Patia was made a Fellow of the CPA in 2015, and has exhibited in the UK, Japan and Europe.
Patia makes using two very different clays. Slip decorated earthenware fired to 1120 degrees centigrade, and high fired reduced porcelain. (Using apple, chestnut and yew ash). There is a connection between the two … pots for living and daily pleasure. The most interesting aspect about working with both materials is that each material feeds different facets of what Patia loves about clay and one informs something of the other when she is working; enriching both. Patia’s earthenware pieces often begin with the clay as the canvas – working slip wet into wet, layer upon layer of pours, drips, trails, feathering, and brush marks with intensity and speed. This joy is evident in her work the sense of being a little more out of control, freer in process has come about in part by using tin cans for trailing slip in both her earthenware and porcelain pieces.