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.