TROY Tribe: Florence St George
Florence St George is a mother, a maker and a mentor. Her journey is nothing short of inspiring and her message is clear; for those who need to knead, making - of anything, from pottery to sourdough - can be a true life saver.
The very nature of having dirty hands, collecting clay from the soil and grounding your body when throwing on the wheel are all healing and meditative processes.
4) You lead a group of special needs children who use sculpture as a means of expressing themselves. In what way does the experience help them and how does it immerse them in nature? The beauty of clay is that the possibilities are endless and watching the kids at the sheltered workshop on the wheel is such a lesson to us as teachers, they are totally unconcerned with the outcome of what they will make. They are satisfied to be in the moment with the clay, nowhere else- that’s inspiring. We also collect and forage for a terracotta clay on the island- which is an adventure in itself.
8) Your average day of juggling your young family, community work and running your own business must be full to the brim, how do you ensure you still carve time out for you? I get so much from my children, they are at an age where it feels very easy time with them feels like ‘me’ time… yes I’m full to the brim but honestly it’s full of love and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
9) When we can finally hop on a plane to The Bahamas where would you recommend we see? Eleuthera is just magical- head to the secluded hotel called ’the other side’ or hop over to Harbour island for a more buzzy experience.
10) How would you describe your style in three words and how do you plan to style the Heathland? I’m not sure I could label my style- I’ve lived on an island (and in a swimsuit) for so long that I really don’t follow a fashion. Clothes have to be comfortable, clean and fit for purpose I suppose! I spend a lot of time in Suffolk at the moment and I will be wearing the Heathland jacket on summer evenings with a dress, Autumn days with jeans and plimsoles and in the winter layered with a cosy gilet underneath.