I live and work in Birmingham, United Kingdom. I first discovered clay when I enrolled in an evening class, and fell in love with it as soon as I experienced the tactility of clay and its immediate response to my hands. I later obtained a City and Guilds certificate in Design and Craft in the context of ceramics.
I find my inspiration for both forms and surface in nature and life forms. The shapes and forms of seedpods, shells and other underwater creatures have influenced my vessel forms. The rhythm of the landscape such as the patterns created by wind blowing across the sand or the rhythmic gradation of the beach from sand to gravel arranged in carefully sorted bands by the tide are the inspiration for texture, colour and surface quality of my work.
All pieces are hand built from coils using stoneware crank clay body. I like contrast between rough and smooth, glazed and textured clay surfaces. I combine the contrasting techniques of layering, distressing the surface of pots by scratching and carving into clay and sometime burnishing to create a three dimensional texture using a series of different levels and depths. These are enhanced by the subsequent use of oxides and dry glazes after the biscuit firing.
What I love about ceramics is that it starts as a soft lump and can become pretty much anything you want it to be. It is possible to make vessels and sculptural pieces so diverse in form and finish that it is sometimes hard to remember that they were all made from the same material. After the firing they are hard and durable and can survive centuries, but at the same time they are fragile and can be broken into pieces in a moment. The glazing process brings a final surprise to each of the pieces making each one unique with their own story.
I am an Associate Member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) and a Member of Midlands Potters’ Association. I have been exhibiting and selling my work in the RBSA gallery in Birmingham where I have received the commendations and rewards for my work.
Past Exhibitions / Fairs
August 29, 2016 - October 8, 2016 Solo Show RBSA Gallery, Birmingham, UK
December 30, 2015 - February 6, 2016 StART exhibition RBSA Gallery
December 12, 2015Christmas Crafts Market Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham, UK
December 3, 2015 - December 24, 2015 Members and Associates exhibition RBSA Gallery, Birmingham, UK.
May 7, 2015 - June 13, 2015 Prize exhibition RBSA Gallery, Birmingham, UK - Highly Commended
February 2, 2015 - March 28, 2015 Open all media exhibition RBSA Gallery, Birmingham, UK
September 10, 2014 - September 20, 2014 Friends Reunited exhibition RBSA Gallery, Birmingham, UK - Prize Winner for whole collection
June 12, 2014 - July 12, 2014 Prize exhibition RBSA Gallery, Birmingham, UK
March 19, 2014 - March 29, 2014 Friends exhibition RBSA Gallery, Birmingham, UK - Prize Winner for whole collection
November 27, 2013 - December 24, 2013 Open all media exhibition RBSA Gallery, Birmingham, UK - Highly Commended for whole collection
March 6, 2013 - April 6, 2013 Open all media exhibition RBSA Gallery, Birmingham, UK
August 1, 2007 - August 31, 2007 Group exhibition Gallery St. Benedict, Rovinj, Croatia