About my work
My pots are individually hand-built using coiling and slabbing to create pots, bowls or pebble-shaped forms. Decoration and pattern are produced by a variety of smoke-firing techniques.
I use white earthstone clay and decorate using coloured slips and body stains. The pieces are then burnished by rubbing with the back of a spoon and a piece of ‘fools’ gold to obtain a soft sheen. The work is initially fired to 950 degrees centigrade in an electric kiln. The final pattern is created by using a variety of resist techniques such as wax, tape or slip, and fired in sawdust in a metal vessel outside. The smoke from these firings impregnates the exposed clay body and creates the final surface design. The pieces are then polished with beeswax, which enhances the burnished surface.
The pot forms reflect my interest in the pottery of the ancient Greeks, Celts as well as Indian and African traditional pottery today. The surfaces and colours of the pots are reminiscent of old Greek or Venetian houses with the paint peeling away whilst the patterns are acquired from the natural world around us: shells, fossils, leaves, animal skins.
I also produce a range of stoneware garden planters and slip decorated domestic ware. The colour palette and designs are inspired by 1950s prints & textiles and patterns that occur in nature.
I trained at Wolverhampton Polytechnic and acquired a BA Hons in 3D Design, Ceramics in 1982 and have had several successful exhibitions and Gallery selections since restarting my ceramic career in 2004.