In 2016 a ceramic bowl caught my eye in a charity shop. I started to collect more pieces and learn about the history and makers of studio pottery. Having gathered too much I began selling at a local craft market and decided I should really know more about the pottery I was selling. I enrolled in a ceramics evening class at Basingstoke College of Technology in September 2017 and was hooked. I then decided to experiment with acrylic paint to create paintings that complemented my pottery.
I have always loved patterns, textures and colours created in the natural world and this applies to my paintings too. I find that the coast and woods in particular are great sources for inspiration. I like to use shells, pebbles and fossils to impress in clay but in a way which doesn’t resemble the object I am using. The textures are often highlighted with rubbed back underglazes or glazes. I handbuild my ceramics as I prefer irregular forms and I use stoneware and terracotta clays. With my paintings I apply textured gel and paste with which I create patterns and then apply layers of paint. My ceramics and paintings are generally unplanned. I want the shape, patterns and colours to evolve as I go along.
I am always creating more pieces. Please contact me if you would like any further information about my work and where you can find it.
February 2019 “Rise to the Surface” exhibition, Sheep Shed Gallery Andover
April 2019 The Sherbornes Art Exhibition, Sherborne St John
August 2020 Hampshire Open Studios as part of “Studio 9” group of artists in Sherborne St John
July- November 2021 Paintings and Ceramics at Howarth’s Gallery, Newbury
August 2021 Odiham Art Group Annual Exhibition, Odiham
August 2021 Hampshire Open Studios as part of “Studio 9” group of artists in Sherborne St John
May 2022 West Berkshire and North Hampshire Open Studios as part of “Artists at Shaw” group of 8 artists Newbury and Insight 2022 at The Base,Greenham
July-August Bishops Kitchen Exhibition Chichester Cathedral, Southern Ceramic Group
August 2022 Hampshire Open Studios as part of “Studio 8” group of Artists, Sherborne St John