GROWING up in an East Renfrewshire village, Amy Corbett toyed with the idea of becoming an artist.

Now, though, she has built a successful career as a Lego expert.

As a senior design manager for the toy brick firm, Amy runs a team of 10 staff who invent Lego sets at the firm’s headquarters in Denmark.

She is also a judge on hit TV show Lego Masters USA.

It’s a long way from her days spent playing with the little plastic bricks as a child in Uplawmoor.

Amy said: “When I was younger, me and my brother played with Lego all the time. We had that big box of bricks every household has – inventing whole worlds and stories – but, when I got older, I just fell out of it.

“Then I got the job and the chance to be a judge on the USA version of the show and that has really reignited my passion.

“I love to build sets other people design. I come up with design ideas in my free time. I just love it.”

Amy was a pupil at Eastwood High School, in Newton Mearns, before doing a Masters degree in product design engineering – a course jointly awarded by the University of Glasgow and Glasgow School of Art.

“It was actually a friend who suggested to me I should work for Lego,” she said.

“I applied and got the job.”

That was eight years ago and Amy has since helped to design the Lego Friends range, as well as working on the concept team for The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.

Her current project is Lego Dots, which puts a spin on crafting by letting young builders-in-training customise everything from jewellery to picture frames.

Being involved in Lego Masters has also been a thrill.

“I’d heard about the TV show in the UK, so when the USA version came up, I just thought it sounded like a really cool thing to be part of,” she said.

Amy lives in Aarhus, on the Jutland peninsula’s east coast.

“It’s a lovely little city by the sea,” she said. “I cycle around and have recently taken up paddleboarding.”