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I enjoy making asymmetrical vessels which have a sense of movement and a poised balance. I see my work as being about juxtapositions and contrasts; between the narrow foot and the wide undulating rim, the smooth glazed interior and the stone-like texture of the exterior and between the sculptural and the functional.
Since graduating in 2002 it has been a preoccupation of mine to make work that has a seemingly precarious balance. There comes a point in the making when a piece is about to topple over and it is only rescued by cutting and adding coils as required to regain balance. This is the part I enjoy the most and if done correctly the result can be a pot that is quite energetic.
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All work is fired in a Cromartie toploader to a temperature of 1140 with a 2 hour soak to let the colour mature. I use a stoneware clay called 'S' Material which I colour by slaking down and adding varying percentages of oxides and stains. I coil onto a pinched base, defining and refining the form once leatherhard by much scraping using a metal kidney. After a bisque firing I sand the pots using an electric sander. I use a contrasting colour glaze internally to compliment the coloured clay body.
2009 Art in Clay, Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
2009 Origin, Somerset House, London
2008 British Crafts, Chiswick, London
2008 Potfest in the Park, Penrith
2007 Ceramics South East, Aylesford, Kent
2007 Potfest in the Park, Penrith
2007 Ceramics in the City, Geffrye Museum, London
2006 London Potters Members Selected Exhibition, Ice House, Holland Park
2006 Ceramics South East, Aylesford, Kent
2006 Candid Arts Art & Design, Islington, London
2005 International Pottery & Ceramics Fair, St Albans
2005 Tredegar House Contemporary Ceramics Fair, Newport
2004 Ceramica Cymru, Llandeilo
2003 EYA03, Birmingham
2003 In The Firing Line, Eton Applied Arts