My main pre-occupation is making decorative wall panels. I also make small dishes, brooches and decorations. A fine quality porcelain is used - it fasciantes me as it combines fragility with great strength as it has to withstand high firing temperatures. The themes used are constantly reworked - flowers, leaves, trees and landscapes.
I visit France frequently and have always responded to the French landscape and the decorative sculptures observed in Romanesque Art. I enjoy the playfulness of Naive Art frequently discovered in France. Drawing has always been valued - it was my entrance into Art College and is an integral part of my work.
Work Generally Available from:
Haddenham Galleries, Haddenham, Ely CB6 3XA
Room 15, Oban, Scotland PA34 5NJ
Bluestone Gallery, Devizes SN10 1AT
Llantrisant Gallery, Pontyclun, Wales CF72 8EB
Jill Roussseau Gallery, Bideford EX39 2DA
Gwalia, Llangollen LL20 8NS
The technique used is simple as slabs are used for the wall panels, these are rolled out to the desired thickness, textured and slowly dried until they are firm enough for me to draw on. The combination of texture and the precise quality of my designs work well together.
After fettling, the work is fired three times in an electric kiln, the last two firings adding depth through the use of colour.
1. Bisque 1000 c
2. Oxidised 1250 c Oxides applied, either painted or sponged on.
3. Lustre 745 c A wide range of coloured metallic lustres applied
K.E.G.S. Girls School, Camp Hill, Birmingham - I was very fortunate to be taught by an exceptional Art Teacher - Miss Friedlander
1968 - 1971 Dudley Technical College, 3 'A' levels
1971 - 1974 Wolverhampton Polytechnic (now Wolverhampton University) FAD, Foundation, followed by a Degree in Ceramics (awarded First Class Honours)
1974 - 1975 Birmingham Polytechnic (now Birmingham City University) School of Art History & Complimentory Studies, FAD awarded a Post Graduate Certificate in the History of Art and Design.
1975 - 78 Lecturer (part time) Art Department. Faculty of Education, Birmingham Polytechnic
1978 - 95 Senior Lecturer (part time) teaching in the School of Industrial Ceramics & Foundation Studies FAD, Birmingham
From 1997 - 2001 I was part of a group called "Craftworks" initiated by Craftspace Touring. We were awarded Lottery funding for a series of mobile making workshops in the Birmingham and Worcester areas. More workshops resulted from an exhibition at Himley Hall "Twentieth Century Keepsakes" For the "Year of the Artist"we were funded to do a group residency at the Jaguar Car Factory Coventry resulted in an Assemblage made in perspex and metal based on observations and research made in the factory.
Commissioned to design and make a series of wall panels for 2 luxury cruise liners.
1976 - 78 First studio established in Lye near Stourbridge
1978 - present Moved to premises in central Dudley. I was fortunate to be able to teach and run my studio concurrently, concentrating on developing my work, making contacts with galleries and taking part in many exhibitions and events
Professional Member of the Craft Potters Association
The Gallery Upstairs 1995 to 2014 (now closed)
Clay Art, Denbigh, North Wales 2002 to date
The Art of Clay, Farnham Maltings 2002 to date
Earth and Fire, Rufford 2005
Potfest, Bakewell 2007
Gorgeous, Ironbridge 2005-6-7
Stoke on Trent Ceramic Festival 2007
Lichfield Festival 2002-3-4
Ceramics in the City 2002-3-4
Marche des Potiers 1999, 2000