I make ceramic sculpture which originally developed out of handbuilt vessel forms in torsion (which I also still continue to make). I’m interested in the expressive potential of the relation between different elements in the sculpture. Some involve more or less separate parts, interlocking or interlaced, and sometimes in precarious equilibrium; the most recent involve an opening and spilling out from an internal space. I think about these relationships in terms of fluid metaphors for psychic relationships, internal worlds, personal spaces.
Reduction fired sculpture in a variety of different stonewares, also smaller pieces, raku or smoke-fired. For exhibition or on commission.
Work Available from:
Direct from the studio. Selection on show in space adjacent to studio. The smaller pieces can be posted, or transported back to London when I visit (about every couple of months).
Also available currently at Galerie Arthé, 30330 Gaujac, Gard, France and other local venues.
The larger sculptural pieces are reduction fired to around 1200-1240 centigrade in a gas kiln. I often use barium glazes for a stony finish, and I may rework the glaze and refire several times.
I also use a smaller electric kiln, an improvised raku kiln with pulleys, and dustbins for smoke-firing. (I use grogged and burnished porcelain for smoke firing.)
As an art historian I taught for 20 years at St.Martin’s School of Art (later Central St.Martin’s, the University of the Arts London) which involved studio teaching as well as theory. It was in the 1990s after retraining as a psychotherapist that I took up pottery. I moved to France in 2003 to commit myself full time to ceramics.
2010 Dec: Solo show, Au Revoir les livres? Le Livre dans la Peau, St.Quentin-la-Poterie, Gard, France
2010 July-Dec: Voyages, Galerie Arthé, Gaujac, Gard, France
2009-10 Dec-Jan: Le Livre dans tous ses Etats, Galerie Arthé, Gaujac, Gard, France
2009 July: Selected for Terralha 2009, 3rd European Festival of Ceramic Arts, St.Quentin-la-Poterie, Gard, France
2008 June: Tour Ribas, St.Laurent des Arbres, Gard, France
2008 May: Guest of honour, Salon des Arts, St.Laurent des Arbres
2007-8 Dec.-May: Galerie Arthé, Gaujac, Gard, France
2006 July. Festival Européen des Arts Céramiques, St.Quentin-la-Poterie, Gard, France