My work is handbuilt; coiling, often into purpose-made moulds, using predominantly white earthenware clay, and occasionally porcelain. I use a combination of glazes I have developed and made myself, together with commercial glazes.
Inspired by the Korean Moon Jar, with their pure white surfaces, I have explored various techniques which would give a more ‘lunar’ surface – burnishing, terra sigillata, the use of crackle glazes and smoke firing. This evolved by smoke firing pieces which have been fully and partially glazed, with spectacular results. Through the use of blue, green and white glazes on the spheres, the final pieces resemble the Plant Earth as seen from space.
Recently this spherical form has evolved, exposing the interior of the sphere, giving another surface to experiment with.
I also produce a range of vases, inspired by Japanese ceramics water pails. The ‘Pail’ vases are finished with wooden handles fashioned from driftwood and other twigs and branches.
I still occasionally make teapots…….
I am a member of the Oxfordshire Craft Guild, West Forest Potters, London Potters and the Craft Potters Association.
I exhibit regularly on local arts trails (Henley-on-Thames, Caversham and the Oxfordshire Arts weeks) and through the Oxfordshire Craft Guild shows. Recent galleries have include Tighnabruaich Gallery on the west coast of Scotland, the Yard Market, Godalming and the Craft Section of Antiques on High, Oxford and Sidmouth.
I work as a Ceramics tutor for Bracknell & Wokingham College and New Directions College. I have regular workshops at Ardington School of Craft and Micklem’s Farm.