The clean, uncomplicated lines of Scandinavian fashion influence my work, with simple touches of colour, allowing the beauty of the porcelain its own expression.
Nature is another source of inspiration. Living by the sea, the influences of the moon and tides are reflected, particularly in the glazing. The curves of the human form fascinate and the challenge is to produce pieces which adorn and enhance them. Having taught dance, I try to captivate a sense of movement in some pieces.
A range for weddings, and all special occasions, has proved popular!
Porcelain and silver pieces of artwork to wear, including necklaces, pendants, earrings, bracelets, anklets and cufflinks.
Choice of jewellery is very much an individual's fashion statement. The uniqueness of each individual is valued greatly and shown in the commitment not to replicate any piece, so the owner can be confident that her/his jewel is also unique.
Work Available from:
Koruarts Gallery Medstead, Alton, Hampshire GU34 5JF www.koruarts.co.uk
Forge Gallery, Walburton, Arundel, West Sussex www.forgegallerywalberton.co.uk
Various nationwide art and ceramic fairs (see website for updated details)
A range of porcelains, including Limoges, Audrey Blackman and Royale are used to achieve differing hues, to complement skin tones. Pieces are bisque fired to 1000° C in an electric kiln.
A range of glazes are used, Botz being a favourite, and pieces are slowly taken up to 1260°C and soaked there for 30 minutes. After glazing, Art Silver Clay , which is .999 silver, more pure than sterling silver, is painted on to decorate some pieces and also sgraffito technique is used, to create designs.
These pieces are then fired a 3rd time in the same kiln, rising to 750°C.
History – Born a Cheshire cat in 1954 and lived in Buxton, Derbyshire.
First career in teaching sport, dance and English and spent 6 years early in my career teaching in Sweden. There, in an evening class, fell in love with porcelain and played with it in adult education classes on and off for many years.
Retired as Quality and Development Officer for Richmond upon Thames` Learning Disability Services in 2006. Then moved to Worthing where the workshop is close to the sea-front.
Basically self taught as a ceramic artist with a lifelong interest in colour and texture. Currently working as a Quality Assurance and Management consultant, a Yoga teacher and ceramic artist!
A member of London Potters and committee member of the Southern Ceramics Group.
Ceramics and Fashion, London Potters magazine August 2008