After doing a Drama degree, I got a job at the Globe Theatre as it was being rebuilt. During this time, I met an inventor and moved on to work for him, helping with his installations at a nightclub. This progressed to set designing at ‘Lost on Broadway’ in Fulham where I met a producer/director and collaborated with him. Following this, I worked in the Creative Department at Designers Guild, finally finding clay 14 years ago and completing an Art Foundation at Swindon College.
As my children grow, I scamper off to my studio at the bottom of the garden whenever I can. My time there is growing and as it does, a new technique has been developing. The word ‘Zhoosh’ intrigued me, in fact I have only just learnt how it is spelt in the dictionary. It’s like a fabulous feather boa or something oozingly gorgeous being added to a simple little black dress. The extra oomph to zazz something up. From this word, a collection has evolved and has been ever since. On a more conventional note, I have taught pottery workshops at schools and give adult classes at my home.
The curl of a chocolate shaving, a swish of silk, the luxuriance of a perfume bottle, these are some of the influences that urge me to the pottery. Lamps can turn a room from being stark and uncomfortable into somewhere cosy and intimate. To me, they make a house a home and for this reason, they take up the main body of my work.
My style is boudoiresque. It tickles me that the word ‘Boudoir’ in French means ‘A room to sulk in’ and I can’t help but see some of my pieces as little personalities that could be living there. I pull and push and rip and curl my pots like perhaps a mother might to a daughter’s hair. Many of them have names that allude to people they remind me of.
I use white earthenware clay and my work has a creamy glossy finish. Mostly, my pieces are thrown then sculpted but some are slabbed and coiled into shape.
The Troubadour Gallery in London - Solo Exhibition
Coleshill National Trust Café in Oxfordshire - Solo Exhibition
The Jam Factory, Oxford - Exhibited for Oxford Artweeks
The Taurus Gallery, Oxford - Exhibited with Desmond Morris and other artists
Oxfordshire Crafts Guild - became a member, exhibited with them at Banbury Tourist Office
Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford - Stall-holder at their 'Need, Make, Use' Fair on site.
Town Hall, Chipping Norton - exhibited with the Oxfordshire Crafts Guild
Holland Park – Exhibition for the Friends of Holland Park