My work to date has focused on utilising the natural properties of both clay without the addition of glazes and other, less natural, means of colour. Central to my work has always been an appreciation of form, colour and pattern found within nature and the landscape.
I have been concerned with erosion and the effects of the environment on natural objects such as stones and pebbles; such ideas have been incorporated into my work to create abstract interpretations of these forms using press moulding, hand building and carving techniques.
A focus on the spherical form is central to current investigations and smoke firing is used to introduce an unpredictable surface pattern to the ceramic forms. Copper leaf has been used adding a contrasting colour and vibrancy; this will change over time, again utilising the idea of the effects of the environment on the chosen materials. Reclaimed stone is incorporated into some of the pieces; their weathered surfaces becoming an intrinsic part of the work.
As an artist, I have evolved over time and in recent work I have manipulated the spherical form whilst still maintaining the surfaces which have become essential to my work. Introducing coiling techniques in order to achieve these new, exciting shapes now forms the basis of a new direction for my work.
I will also have work in the following galleries from June 2015:
House of Gaia, Peebles
Bessemer Gallery, Sheffield
Barefoot Gallery, Wetherby
Sleepy Hollow, Co Antrim
Lakeland Arts Trust, Bowness-in-Windemere
The Found Gallery, East Lothian
23 Jan 2015- 16 Apr 2015 '&Collective', Bridge-of-Allen, Scotland
15 Apr 2013- 08 Jun 2013 The New Maynard Gallery, Welwyn Garden City
24 Nov 2012- 31 Dec 2012 'Radiance', Harding House Gallery, Lincoln
18 Nov 2011- 29 Feb 2012 Winter Exhibition, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle Upon Tyne
22 April 2011- 05 June 2011 The Craft Gallery, Dartington, Devon
Aug 2008 ‘Objects of Ritual’ High Head Sculpture Valley, Carlisle, Cumbria
Jul 2003 ‘North-West: New Directions in Fine Art’ Art Gene, Barrow-In-Furness, Cumbria