My Weekend: Ginny Topp

Ginny Topp
Ginny Topp
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Ginny Topp, 55, lives in Southsea. She runs Clay Station, a ceramics studio at Portsmouth’s Omega Centre.

When did you last go away and where did you go?

Rome. It was a 30th wedding anniversary treat to ourselves – just my lovely husband and me. Rome has such a reputation of romance, sites, history and food and it definitely did not disappoint. The history is mind-blowing – just to 
be able to walk through such ancient ruins and be able to touch something that old was incredible. 
The Italians were really friendly, the food fantastic, weather wonderful and for a capital city everything was so laid back. I have a feeling we will be there again very soon.

What was the last gig/concert you went to?

It was to watch my wonderfully talented son play at the Bowls Club in Waverley Road. He is in his second year at college doing music and computing. The students have to put on a number of gigs during the two years of their course. I know I’m biased but I think they are really talented.

The last film you saw?

A good friend and I went to see Mr Turner. The film was very entertaining but did not give that good an insight into Turner the artist as it concentrated more on his personal relationships. A good watch though.

What do you watch on TV?

I love a good drama and thought The Missing was a brilliant series. At the moment I’m interested to see what happens in the new series of Broadchurch.

What’s your favourite way to relax?

I love walking with our dog, especially along the seafront. The sound of the waves is so therapeutic and relaxing. I also like to flop on the settee and watch something good on TV with a glass or two of wine. Having said that I have signed up for a ‘Dryathlon’ to raise money for Cancer Research, so no alcohol this month.

Where’s good for day out?

I enjoy a trip to the countryside. I do find Portsmouth very crowded and it’s nice to get off the island 
occasionally. We enjoy trips to London, usually to see an exhibition. We have a Tate membership so go up quite regularly. The sculpture park at the New Arts Centre at Roche Court 
near Salisbury is always a wonderful place to visit.

Do you have any hobbies?

I have a studio at Art Space Portsmouth in Brougham Road and I love to shut myself in my studio and just enjoy experimenting with oil paints. Clay Station is a kind of hobby too, though it is extremely hard work and can be stressful at times. It is something I am very proud of though.