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.
The shoes are hand-built with thinly rolled slabs of white earthenware clay. Decoration is applied while the clay is soft in the form of impressed patterns. Further decoration such as sprigged mouldings and hand rolled clay beads are applied to the shoes. Very thin sheets of clay are manipulated to drape like fabric in the form of frills, bows and rosettes. The shoes are fired multiple times at different temperatures for clay, glazes and lustres. Each pair is a one-off design that takes approximately 20 hours of hands-on work to create.
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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
1987-88 – Cardiff Institute of Higher Education
1981-84 – Loughborough College of Art& Design
1980-81 – Great Yarmouth College of Art & Design
1988 Post Graduate Certificate of Education
1984 BA Hons Three-Dimensional Design (Ceramics)
December 2013 - Oxfordshire Craft Guild Annual Show, Woodstock
November 2013 - London Potters Annual Show, Morley Gallery, London
June 2013 - Parallax Art Fair, Chelsea Town Hall, London
Ceramic Review - May/June 2007
2002-03 - Pershore High School
1994-96 - Radyr Comprehensive School, Cardiff
1988-93 - St Albans High School, Pontypool