Path and Inspiration
I fell in love with clay many years ago. Following a Diploma in Fine and Applied Art I set up a studio in London while continuing with other work, but now I have a studio at home and can devote myself full-time to ceramics.
I was brought up in North East England – wild rugged coastline, pristine sands - collecting shells and pebbles, small crabs and seaweed and loved it best when wild and stormy. I return to Northumberland whenever I can and hope some little bit of it is reflected in my work.
Process and Practice
I make mostly functional ceramics in porcelain and stoneware, creating my own glazes and decorative finishes. Much of my work is thrown on the wheel, but increasingly I enjoy the freedom to explore form and texture offered by hand built techniques, in particular the traditional kurinuki method of carving out, and experimental slab work. One of my main concerns is protection of the marine environment so I support the organisation Project Seagrass through my 'Seagrass' series.