I have always been naturally drawn to form, texture and colour. Originally being involved within design and textiles I was fascinated by the way a piece of cloth could be cut to drape around the body and how a single thread of yarn could be knitted to create a fabric with a unique texture.
Now working in clay I am constantly amazed by how a simple lump of wet clay can be transformed. The process of working with this humble material and creating a beautiful unique object with just your hands is magical.
My work mainly centres around the concept of 'the vessel' and are hand built using a number of techniques including coiling, pinching and press moulding. Some pieces are wheel thrown but then altered to take on a different final form.
I use a selection of coloured clay bodies and like to work the surface using different tools or techniques to give an interesting organic effect. After the initial firing each piece is glazed using a combination of glazes or oxides to add colour and texture before being fired again, sometimes multiple times to get the desired effect.
I take inspiration from the natural world and the fascinating array of texture and forms that can be found all around us; from rotting tree bark, eroded rock formations to plant algae and microscopic bacteria. The effect of nature reclaiming the man made is a constant source of inspiration and akin to the ancient Japanese aesthetic of 'Wabi-Sabi, I like 'finding beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay'. This combined with the element of unpredictability of the final result in ceramics always makes for a challenging but fascinating process!