I throw in both porcelain and stoneware, enjoying the contrast between the refinement and clarity of one and the suggested solidity and strength of the other. They complement each other in how they feel to work; in the temperament of the raw material, as well as the character of the final piece.
The aim is to make pots that please the hand and eye, while still fulfilling function - they need to work in both senses. I see the function, which directs the limits of the form, as an integral part of the challenge. I admire purposeful, well-made objects, in any material, from any period of history, and feel that a well made artefact is in a category of beauty of its own.
That's what I'm aiming for.
Work is always available through the Devon Guild, Bovey Tracey, otherwise through open studio events, shows and exhibitions which I'll post on my website and will be shown on this website.
I teach regularly from my own workshop: details of courses can be found on my website and will be shown here as well.
While some of my work is once-fired, the majority is glazed after biscuit firing. I will often use slip to add colour, pattern or texture at the raw stage; otherwise glazes are used alone or in layers to achieve the hoped-for result.
The stoneware and porcelain are both fired to cone 9 in a reduction gas kiln.
1977-1981 West Surrey College of Art & Design, Farnham, Surrey. BA (Hons) Ceramics
1981-1982 Roehampton Institute, University of London. PGCE (Art)
Licentiate, Society of Designer-Craftsmen
RESIDENCIES, GUILDS, TUITION
2009-2014 Winchester Street Studio, Salisbury - Personal production, tuition, mentoring.
1990-2009 Potter in residence, Salisbury Arts Centre: Making, exhibiting and selling through national and regional venues; teaching continuing & short courses; steering group chair, Salisbury City Art Trail and member, Yew Tree project. Latterly member of curatorial trio programming and delivering all visual arts exhibitions.
Member of Devon Guild and Hants and Berks Guild.
Professional profile by Professor Simon Olding and book reviews; Ceramic Review
Yew Tree; A record of the Yew Tree Project, contributor
'50' Celebrating Fifty years of the Devon Guild.
Work has appeared in Homes & Gardens, BBC Homes & Antiques, and Wiltshire Society.
2012 Made to Last, Salisbury International Arts Festival Exhibition, Salisbury Cathedral
2009/11/13 Salisbury Art Trail Open Studios, Winchester Street Studio
2011 Solo Show, Christmas Lights and Darks, Edwin Young Gallery, Salisbury; Cross Barn, Odiham, Hants & Berks Guild Exhibition.
2009/2010 Spring into Action, Matthew Burt, Hindon. Making, SAC, Salisbury
2007 Memberís Showcase, Devon Guild; Venerating The Vessel, duo show with Prudence Maltby, Salisbury Arts Centre
2006 Art in Clay, Hatfield House; Yew Tree, Salisbury Arts Centre
2005 Fifty, Devon Guild, Bovey Tracey
2004 Ruthin Craft Centre, Denbighshire
2002/00/99 Art in Action, Waterperry House, Oxford
2001 Local Heroes trio show, Edwin Young Gallery, Salisbury
1999 Solo Shows: Beneath the Surface, Exeter Phoenix; Hot Pots, Salisbury Arts Centre
1998 Meet your Maker, Devon Guild; Hampshire & Berkshire Guild shows, Henley-on-Thames & Cardiff
1997 Solo Show, New Work WCA, Winchester; Iron and Clay, Salisbury Museum
1996 Summer Show, The Garden Gallery, Broughton, Hants
1995 Space Light Tension duo show, Salisbury Arts Centre