Cherry has been a potter for over forty years. Of Egyptian decent, she developed the unique forms, decorations and colours of her ceramics through life and work among the inspiring potters of East Africa and Malaysia during the 1970s and 80s. Now with studios in central France and Canterbury Cherry is currently concentrating on raku pottery, where white-hot pots are lifted from the kiln and either plunged, hissing and steaming into sawdust and water or are presented with horsehair, and other combustibles which fuse into the body of the pot. The results from this rapid cooling and immersion in carbonising materials are unpredictable and unrepeatable. The finished pieces with their carefully incised patterns and pure shapes often carry the evidence of their stressful birth in the surface crackle, pits and accidents characteristic of this Zen-inspired process.
In 2016 and 2017 she organised the first ‘Canterbury Throwdown’, a free event as part of the Canterbury International Festival. The Throwdown was opened and sponsored opened by Keith Brymer Jones from the BBC series, involved 50-60 potters for two weeks providing an opportunity for 750 local participants to handbuild or throw a pot on the wheel. Cherry is in the process of planning a similar event for 2018.
She is a Kent Potter and exhibits in the Canterbury Festival Open Houses every year as well as Galleries and pop up shops around Kent and beyond.