I graduated from WWSOTA with a first class honours degree in Fine Art Ceramics.
I was born in Wales and have always lived amidst its dramatic landscape. The natural geology of the countryside surrounding my home in the Brecon Beacons National Park, is a constant source of inspiration. My work Organic Abstract and is an attempt to express the metaphysical relationship that I experience, and to evoke a similar response from the viewer.
My pieces are hand built, although the clays that I choose to use are handled as little as possible to preserve their character. I work intuitively and empathetically, allowing the clay to have its voice. The use of material extracted from local sites, such as a variety of ‘as-dug’ clays, is fundamental to a process that engenders this connection. The use of natural oxides is another way in which I hope to retain the natural integrity of the material.
Occasionally found objects from the landscape and its industrial heritage, find their way into my pieces; these can bring an interesting quality and add a narrative to the work. Volcanic glazes are similarly employed to evoke the magnitude of natural force that shapes our environment.
My work is an amalgamation of the organic and the abstract. I aim to execute a balance between the strength of the material and a sense of form and scale, to create a powerful presence. This collection of brooding, elemental pieces own their space, but are equally ‘served up’ to encourage an appreciation of their essential aesthetic qualities.