I have been designing and making ceramics for 30 years and have used many different techniques and materials during that time. I am currently working with a transparent porcelain and also a specially prepared black porcelain. My pieces are either thrown and turned or slabbed. They are then fired to 1260C with subsequent lustre firings at lower temperature. Each piece is individually designed and made.
I studied studio ceramics from 1981 to 84 before spending some time working as a designer in the ceramic industry including wedgwood. This gave me a broader appreciation of ceramics and techniques, notably the Royal Doulton art-ware of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Also, the work of Ruskin, Bernard Moore and Pilkingtons Royal Lancastrian. I also became interested in the work of french potters such as Auguste De la Herche and Clement Massier.
My work is also influenced by 20th century artists, particularly Kandinsky, Malevich, Mondrian, Nicholson, Brancusi and Rodchenko.
I am, however, also inspired by personal experiences and whilst all of these influences inform my work, I do not consciously try to incorporate them. Instead, they become absorbed and combined with a lifetime of experiences, they form the seed of a new idea.
I love things which are interesting, varied, challenging and beautiful. Personally, I don’t respond to uniformity and minimalism as I find it boring and lacking in stimulation. I find the combination of human judgement and technique exciting and rewarding. So, I aim to achieve layers of interest in my work through the use of colour, texture and form.
My work constantly evolves. I am always willing to take the risks which I feel are necessary for growth and change and am happy to bear the consequences.
Vitrified translucent porcelain, mostly thrown and turned with lower temperature glazed inclusions. Multiple firings at between 1280 and 780 in an electric kiln.
Current Work Avaliable from:
Beaux Arts, Bath
Primavera Gallery, Cambridge
Pyramid Gallery, York
Albemarle Gallery, London
L’Attitude Gallery, Boston. USA
Galerie Du Don, Montsalvy, France
Terra Viva, St Quentin la Poterie, France
St Josephs Galerie, Leeuwarden, Holland
New Craftsman Gallery, St Ives Cornwall
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