My interest in Ceramics began when I was introduced to clay as an art student. Although I trained as a potter/painter and teacher, the urge to continue working with this fascinating and very versatile material has remained with me. Over the years I have worked in a variety of ways with various types of clay. The main body of my work is hand-building, with most of the emphasis on a sculptural rather than utilitarian way of working.
Current themes have evolved from 1997 onwards. Ideas are developed from both natural and man-made forms. Textures and the apparent effects of the elements and time upon the forms are of paramount importance to me, to try and achieve a timeless contemplative feeling which hopefully encourages the handling of the work.
Reduction fired to 1280 C and in some cases polished post firing with abrasives. In many instances much of it is reworked with oxides and glazes and if necessary re-fired until I am satisfied with the result.
Scale varies, but is generally large and is principally suited to outdoor display
Current work is principally hand-built one-off pieces. Coiling, slabbing and pinching both large and small scale mainly using Crank clay with the addition of porcelain, slips, oxides and dry and semi-matt glazes.
- Mainly from Ceramic shows, also Cambridge Studio weekends.
- From the workshop, subject to availability.
Gas fired top loader kiln LPG. Mainly reduction fired 1280 C Much of the work is unglazed, relying very much on the textural quality of the clay, slips, oxides and the use of post-firing polishing with abrasives. Some use is made of matt and semi-matt glazes but this is mainly used on the smaller pieces of work.
Trained at Bath Academy of Art Corsham.Taught Art in schools 1957-74.
Lecturer in Ceramics Saffron Walden College of Education until closure 1977.
Set up own workshop initially wholesaling work but eventually moved into direct retailing with hand-built and thrown ware. During the early eighties also taught 3D design to Foundation students at St.Albans College of Art.
Since 1998 have concentrated on individual sculptural work.
Fellow Society of Designer Craftsmen, Professional member Craft Potters Association, Selected member East Anglian Potters Association, Member Essex Craft Society, Norfolk Contemporary Craft Soc.
Burton Art Gallery, Devon.
Bow House Gallery, Barnet.
DFN New York
Guildenburgh Gallery, Peterborough
Gallery Upstairs, Warwickshire
Perse School, Cambridge
Anglia Potters - Ely and Cambridge
Soc. Des. Crafts, Mall Gallery, London
Soc. Des. Crafts, Chelsea, London
CPA at 50, Gallery at Bevere, Worcs.
Solo exhibition Wimpole Hall, Cambs.
Berg Apton Scuplture trail, Norfolk
Bevere Gallery, Worcs.
Art de Jardin, Rutland
Outside Art 09
The Dolby Gallery, Uppingham
The Sanctuary, Notts.
Art in the Garden, Cambridge