Inspiration comes from a fascination for eroded surfaces and what lies beneath, their textures, layers and restrained colours.
My pots are thrown and fired in an oxidised atmosphere to anything from 1080oC 1120oC using both earthenware and stoneware clays. Constantly experimenting with slight variations to form, blending of glazes, firing and re-firing means I feel constantly challenged.
Though a sometimes frustrating and time consuming way of working it does mean that my work seems to evolve, leaving each piece unique yet still an integral part of a much larger family.
Work is thrown and fired in an electric kiln to 1080oC1140oC using earthenware and stoneware clays. I use a Lithium based glaze together with a Vitreous slip containing Silicon Carbide. For further texture Paperclay is sometimes added to the surface.
I started at Harrogate College in 1996 on an Access Course in Art and Design to fill in time while my children where growing up. This ended up with my doing an HND in 3d Design after which in 2003, was asked to teach some evening classes and summer schools at the college. What I really wanted though was to be a maker in my own right and after seeking advice started to develop my own work.
1996 July Cert. of Access to Higher Ed. NOCN Art & Design
1998 June BTEC HNC
(Art & Design) EDEXCEL
1999 - Pam Robinson Prize for Ceramics
2000 June - BTEC NAT. Dip. 3D Design (Ceramics) EDEXCEL
2001 July - Higher Nat. Dip. 3D Design (Ceramics) EDEXCEL
Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate Open Exhibition (Selected) April June 2005
Art Connections Open Studio Event (Selected) May/June 2005
The Folly, Settle 21 May 5 June 2005 (Showcase Exhibition)
Lund Gallery, Easingwold (Selected) (opening September 2005)
Oxo Tower, London October 2005
Platform Gallery, Clitheroe - Nov.2005
Sprial Gallery, Settle Nov. 2005
Liz Bowe Ceramics Nov. 2005
Craft and Design Gallery (Leeds City Art Gallery) Jan. 2006
Earth and Fire, Rufford June 2006
Open Studios (Art Connections) June 2006
North by North Wales Ex. @ Rufford Craft Centre September 2006
Lund Gallery Oct 2006 Solo Show
Roundhouse Gallery, Foston, Derbyshire Nov 2006
Broughton Gallery, Scotland Xmas Ex. 19th Nov. 2006
Harley Gallery, Notts January/March 2007
Spiral Gallery, Settle March 2007
Clayart Denbigh, Wales May 2007
Earth and Fire, Rufford June 2007
Northern Potters 30th Anniversary Lund Gallery, Easingwold
Art in Clay, Hatfield August 2007
Art in Clay, The Maltings, Farnham November 2007
2008Northern Potters, Platform Gallery, Clitheroe
Art in Action, Waterperry Gardens, Oxford - July
Potfest in the Park, Penrith, Cumbria -July
Art in Clay, Hatfield, Herts - August
Maidenbridge Arts Centre, Tatham, Lancaster July - September
Angela Mellor Gallery Ely, Cambridgeshire - October
Lund Gallery Easingwold, Yorks - November