From school exclusion to savvy entrepreneurship: young ceramist’s business thrives through Good Story’s mentoring.
Having struggled with the academic system, Katie Netley was determined not to let dyslexia curb her career. Harnessing her creative talents, the young entrepreneur now owns a thriving ceramics business and has even won a national award.
Katie was a misunderstood and exuberant teen; her time at school was frustrating and unhappy with her dyslexia highlighting feelings of being different. She covered her difficulties in class by acting the clown and behaving badly and was eventually excluded from school.
Leaving the education system without formal qualifications and taking dead end jobs, Katie felt unfulfilled and undervalued. Katie’s mother encouraged her to try ceramics thinking tapping into her creative side may help so that at 23 years old, Katie found something she loved and excelled at. She secured a place at Brighton and Hove City College to study art where she gained a diploma with distinction before gaining a BA Hons Degree at Brighton University majoring in ceramics.
After graduation, Katie set up her own business; Katie Netley Ceramics. Although she excelled creatively, Katie struggled running a business so approached Good Story, a Suffolk based charity that supports young creative entrepreneurs.
Good Story offers a specialist mentoring programme specifically to help those with dyslexia. Working with her Good Story mentor, Katie was able to develop strategies to overcome the difficulties she faced running a business including time management, expressing information and proof reading skills.
Katie now owns a thriving business. She has exhibited work in six major exhibitions in 2016, has a healthy order book of private commissions for her ceramic sculptures and handmade ceramic wash basins and teaches groups to work with clay and build their own group sculptures. For more information and to view Katie’s work, please visit www.katienetley.com.