Many years ago I was very excited to throw my first pots at the Hammersmith School of Art. After some years and many courses later I managed to set up my own first pottery workshop, but I have not always been able to spend as much time in it as I'd have chosen until fairly recently. I continue to find the tactile malleability of clay entrancing, there are so many different ways to construct so many different shapes from so many different sorts of clay, so many different ways to decorate it and even to fire it!
Both throwing and hand building are methods I use to develop a variety of shapes. I enjoy exploring the possibilities of glazing and slip work to express my love of colour. Inspired by nature, birds and plantlife find their way onto my pots and I am also fascinated with abstract markmaking. Mostly I make domestic stoneware and also ornamental items for house or garden. Generally each piece is individual, though they may be individual within a set or group. This summer I experimented with possible gardenware shapes inspired by a love of natural beach finds.
At the moment I am using a lightly grogged stoneware or a crank which I fire to between 1200 degrees C and 1250 degrees C in an electric kiln.
It is always a pleasure to help someone new to clay to form a pot on the wheel and to share their delight in the process.
I sell at Potters' Markets and Craft Fairs and from my studio in Crediton near Exeter
I am a member of the Westcountry Potters Association and Devon Artist Network
Phone: 07974560697 01363772072 Visits by arrangement
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