I have studied ceramics over the past year with Phil Pearson and Sarah Livingstone at Halton Mill, a community space just outside Lancaster, UK. I am now an active member of the Mill's Makerspace, where I make my work, help load the kiln, clean the studio and reclaim our clay.
Considering it is basically mud, clay has a beautiful way of sneaking into our kitchens: Cups, bowls, and plates are used by us at almost every meal. It's a great honour for a potter to create something that has such an impact in our lives. I love the way the subtle asymmetry and interesting glaze of a handmade cup asks us to slow down and enjoy our tea or coffee.
I have a real love of spending time in nature - in woods, by rivers and at the sea. I am currently experimenting with combining the wood I find on the bank of the River Lune with ceramic objects to create sculptural pieces. To me, the gnarly beauty of wood is perfect: full of character. I find pieces which feel out of place in the sea of driftwood on the estuary shore, reflecting the loneliness many of us can feel in modern society. I spend time with the wood, cleaning and preserving it, during which I test different sculptural ideas. Basically, I ask the wood what it needs, and try to provide this. I also enjoy building up sculptural pieces based on human anatomy - providing vessels with legs, bones and hearts.
I am particularly inspired by the work of artists, sculptors and studio potters of the 20th century: Henry Moore, Alan Wallwork, Lynn Chadwick, Mary Rogers, John Ward, Elizabeth Fritsch, Alberto Giametti, Betty Blandino and Mo Jupp.
If you would like to know more about my work or Halton Mill, please get in contact using the form on the home page of this website.