A little bit of background about me and how I got the bug for Ceramics
I live in West Sussex, very close to the South Downs and the beach. My
surroundings are a big influence on my work; especially the Downs which I use
aerial views of and explore the changing landscapes through the seasons.
I develop my ideas through drawing, print and paint within my sketchbook
of ideas; using the inspiration from natural objects, the human figure and
corroded surfaces. I love corroded surfaces, the contrast of rough and smooth
lines, patterns and textures that are found on stone, wood, glass and metal
that has been weathered and broken down from natural erosion. I enjoy seeing
and scapes change and evolve from month to month and the effects that farming
has had, leaving patterns by man and nature.
What makes my work unique is that each piece is individual and a real
one off, the pattern, texture and form of each piece is different due to the
way I create them. The work changes each time you look at it or move around it,
there is always something new to see. My work is a combination of contemporary
ideas with traditional making techniques. The work can take many forms which
include vessels, sculptures, pieces of jewellery and wall hangings.
Each piece is handbuilt using either stoneware or porcelain clay that
has been washed over with oxides and/or coloured slips to highlight the
textures that are already on the surface.