I consider myself to be extremely lucky to have found clay and I am continually excited by the processes of working with it.
The main focus of my work encompasses the Raku firing technique but I also make a range of stoneware wall pieces using botanical samples from my garden and the woodland countryside surrounding my home in rural Shropshire.
I use all making methods and often combine techniques to create forms, moulded sections with slabbed additions, thrown forms with coiled additions etc. Inspiration for form and pattern is drawn from many sources but the view from my studio window which looks out over the garden and woodland has the most enduring influence, ever changing with the seasons, a rich palette of colour and shape.
Recent work has been exploring the contrast between textures along side or contained within a burnished surface - using the Raku technique for dramatic colour variations and patterned markings.
I began making animals whilst studying ceramics at Lancashire Polytechnic, which to begin with was purely pig studies, spending alot of time at agricultural shows in the rare breeds tent.
Many Years later I'm still making pigs along with a whole host of other animals, source material is never far away - a cow in a field, a scratching chicken or a dog racing down the street.
Sketching from life is a very big part of my work making me study the subject at great length.
The pieces are all hand crafted in earth stone clay being finished either by Raku or smoke firing
I sell work widely through galleries across the UK and in Europe.
I am fascinated by the varying and versatile nature of clay. When wet it is so fragile and malleable, literally a putty in the potter’s hand – but once fired it lasts a lifetime. I sell work in galleries throughout the U.K, and make many of my pieces on a commission basis. This means I can personalise clocks with dates and names for any special occasion.
These clocks are designed as centre pieces, as an original work of art that will be looked at frequently throughout the day. Their surfaces are enriched with patterns, textures, words and phrases, carefully worked into the soft clay before firing. Many of the larger clocks have moving ‘birdie’ pendulums. The ‘birds’ are full of character and add a certain good-humour that I believe we all need in our hectic lives. I love the idea that even when we are pressed for time, we can still take a moment to appreciate something beautiful, and smile.
All my work draws inspiration from the sea, and each piece has its own story to tell.
When I produce a piece it becomes a narrative, the tale of a journey. Objects discovered on the shoreline find themselves becoming part of the story...
I use a variety of decoration techniques as my ideas continue to flow and move on to create different avenues and new approaches. Ships, boats, and wrecks are the main fabric of the work, made from clay that has the textures of metal and wood objects salvaged, press moulded, and patched together to produce a variety of forms that look as though they have sailed the Seven Seas.