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East Lancashire potter Lizi's 'witches' are flying off the shelf
A children’s TV presenter who returned to her roots after quitting the bright lights of London has said she has ‘never been happier’ since launching her pottery venture in an East Lancashire village.
Former SMart presenter Lizi Botham, who was better known to youngsters on CBBC as Bizi Lizi, originally set up Craftastic in Simonstone near Burnley in 2006 to cater for children's parties and visit schools to teach arts and crafts.
Since opening Lizi, 40, who settled in Sabden after quitting her job as presenter and producer for the BBC, has been inundated with requests to run adult-only classes.
She has now she left behind the children’s crafts and provides classes full-time under the name Pendle Pottery.
Lizi, who grew up in Summerseat, has also launched a new project to share the area’s rich heritage with art lovers all over the country after being enchanted by her new neighbourhood.
She now sells her Pendle Witches figurines all over the country complete with stories about the original characters’ tragic past.
She said: “Since coming here I’ve been so inspired for ideas and one of them, the Pendle Witches figurines, has just really taken off.
“I take the models to different festivals and people are really fascinated by their story, so it’s nice to be able to do my bit to share our heritage with a lot of different people.
“I came to Lancashire because after being in London for so many years I realised I’d achieved all I wanted to do which was become a presenter.
“I’m glad that my new pottery venture has become increasingly popular and not only is it great to be able to have my hobby as my day job but it’s also helped me really get involved with the community which is what I set out to do when I moved here.”
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