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It is difficult to explain my attraction to shoes other than it seems to be something shared with many women and is a theme I have been drawn to since making paper shoes as a child and one I returned to for part of my degree show. Later, while working as a secondary school art teacher I was responsible for the design and creation of costumes for theatrical productions and I use historical costume as part of my inspiration. I am fascinated by the details of embroidery and beadwork and the drape and flow of fabrics and recreating the effect of these in clay. While working for Sydney Opera I took classes in ‘real’ shoe making but now find I am more interested in shoes as ornament than as functional items. I alter the ratios of parts of the shoe to suit my aesthetic ideals. The insteps are highly arched and the toes elongated to provide greater area for decoration.
Pieces are fired in an electric kiln. 1150°C for bisque followed by a range of temperatures from 1000-1060°C for different earthenware glazes. Lustres are applied and fired to 720°C
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Contact DetailsStudio Address: Chipping Norton, UK, .
Telephone: +44 (0)1608 642774
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Joined on: 2007-06-21
Last Updated: 2011-06-27