Path and Inspiration Valerie, growing up on the south coast of England, attended Winchester School of Art. Now working from her studio in Kew and she aims to engage the observer in the energy and motion of waves. Nature, the growth of plants, and fruits in particular, also inspire her to portray the life in pregnant forms, carnivorous plants and pollination. The observer is invited to imagine the next state beyond the immediate form. Some pieces function as water features.
Process and Practice Valerie uses her own plaster moulds for some forms created in hand built stoneware, others are pinched or hand modelled, e.g. the complicated \'Pod Pourers\'. She mixes some of her own glazes - particularly the vibrant barium blue. Others are commercial brush-on glazes. Some details are embellished with gold or pearl lustres.
She also enjoys throwing wide bowls which she sees as another expression of growing forms.