Betsy attended the P J Olivier Art School, Stellenbosch (extramural) from Grade 1 – Grade 12. Her mother had her own pottery studio, where Betsy worked until she started her own studio in 1983. Betsy attended many workshops and courses during those years and obtained an N4 in ceramics with distinction from the Cape college under Dr Ralph Johnson.
Since 1991 she has organised many regional and national exhibitions and workshops for Ceramics Southern Africa. She curated the Altech Ceramics Triennial 2003 and has presented three paper clay workshops in aid of the Clay Museum.
Currently she is the administrator of the Skills Development programme of Ceramics Southern Africa (Western Cape) and teaches 5 of the students for 5 days/week on a one year programme.
Betsy enjoys working with new materials and exploring their diversities and boundaries, hence her present medium, porcelain paper clay. She started using paper clay in 1998. She bought a book and a tape, went to a few lectures and workshops overseas and studied the research document on the subject from the Hertogenbosch Ceramcs Institute in Holland. Due to time constraints Betsy has settled on the use of this medium which enables her to produce very delicate pieces.
Awards: 2002 – Best Conceptual work – Ceramics SA Cape Regional; 2003 – Merit award – Altech Ceramics Triennial; 2003 Finalist – Brett Kebble Art Awards; 2004 – Merit Award – Ceramics SA Cape Regional Exh.
She has work in the following Collections: Iziko Museums of Cape Town, Durbanville Clay Museum, William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley and the Corobrik Collection.
From 1991-1995 Betsy was the Treasurer of the Ceramics SA Western Cape Region; 1995-2002 – Chair of the Ceramics SA Western Cape Region; 2000 – present Vice-Chair of the Ceramics SA National Council; 2001- present – Chair of the Durbanville Clay Museum; 2002 – present – Vice-Chair Durbanville Cultural Society; 2003 – present Administrator of the Ceramics SA Western Cape Skills Development programme and 2004 Co-Chair – Ceramics SA Western Cape Region.
During April 2005 she participated in the “Finding You” exhibition at the Association of Visual Arts. Ten Ceramic Artists and twenty visual artists were invited to produce collaborative works in ceramics.
In May 2006 she, together with Tracy Lynch, participated in an exhibition of contemporary South African art and craft hosted by the Ameridian Art Gallery in New York, and again the same year, in their “Fall Exhibition.” In Sept she did the award judging and workshop for the Namibian Potters Association’s National Biennale exhibition during the Nambian National Art Festival.