Maureen's proper job
How do you get the best job in the world? Maureen found the answer.
"As a practising artist I am used to people not being able to understand what I do for a living. "When will you settle down and get a proper job?"
I have been an artist now for many years and my mosaics are in some very public places - schools, hospitals, art centres and even the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona - so these days they realise that it's not just a hobby.
I always thought I'd inherited my desire to create from my father, who was a draughtsman and photographer, until I found out more about his mother, the grandmother I never new.
Joyce Martin, known by all as Maisie, took over the Grand Theatre sweetshop in Wolverhampton from her mother in 1913.
The Martin family were sweet makers and there used to be jars of sweets in the shop that were made in the family business. Maisie ran the shop for more than three decades greeting customers with either her lovely smile or a haughty air. I think I must have inherited my artist gene from her as well as my Dad.
In Maisie's shop there was an elaborate display of gift boxes that she had arranged herself. I imagine her delight in dressing the window and placing the chocolates in little dishes for display, with the same passion for design and detail that I have.
At theatre time the shop would be packed and she would have the sweets already weighed up in quarter pound bags - just as I bag up the tile pieces in preparation for mosaic workshops.
One evening Maisie came home from her shop and just fell asleep in her chair after supper. She was 79 years old.
I'm told my grandmother always said she would work until she died because she loved it so much and I am sure I will do the same."