Throughout my adult life, in parallel to working in the NHS, for a charity and bringing up our son, I have been engaged in making. About 12 years ago I started to explore pottery and attended various classes. I realised that I loved the creative process with clay and wanted to make ceramics a main focus of my life.
I studied for a degree at UCA in Farnham where I learned from a number of leading ceramists including Ashley Howard and Magdalena Odundo. My studies helped me understand that I am at my most creative and happiest when hand building and that my passion is to create large sculptural pieces for display in both indoor and outdoor spaces.
Most of my work is made in stoneware. In particular I like the white colour and texture of the Scarva Earthstone clay and the earthy tones of a heavily grogged crank clay fired in a reducing atmosphere. I rarely use glazes, preferring the clay to speak for itself with the aid of different oxides.
My main body of work comes from an idea, thought or concept that I want to explore and may become part of a series as my ideas evolve.
Alongside this work I cannot resist making other things and trying new ideas. The gallery includes examples of garden waterbowls platters and garden installations.