I am a ceramic artist making individual sculptural forms loosely based on the vessel.
My work is mainly inspired by a long-held fascination with ancient things bearing scars & traces imposed by the passage of time – upheaval and convolution of the landscape, weathering and erosion of surfaces, the many states of decay occurring in both natural and man-made forms. I am deeply drawn to the physical artefacts left by ancient peoples who occupied the land thousands of years ago but which still speak directly to us today.
Each piece is handbuilt by coiling, an almost meditative process which allows the form to gradually evolve. A coarse, grogged clay is used for texture which is further enhanced by scraping to refine the form. Raku firing provides the essential dark, earthy quality, capturing the mystery and occasional iridescence of archaeological finds.
I enjoy the contrast between the highly controlled, considered building process and the relatively unpredictable nature of Raku.
Each piece is unique as the precise conditions during building, glazing and firing cannot be repeated.