I’m a ceramic artist working in Oxfordshire, England. I’m inspired by nature, texture and pattern. I work with only simple materials and a few basic tools which through a series of slow and careful stages I create my finished pieces.
My pieces are all hand built and are mainly smoke fired. Smoke firing is fast, unknown and very exciting! This is in stark contrast to the controlled way in which I make my work using coils, which can’t be rushed. The smoke firings take place in a pit in the ground where I bury the work in sawdust and set it alight. It is this technique that ensures that each piece is completely unique. I love the thrill of opening the pit after each firing, cleaning up and polishing each piece to see the smoke patterns that have been absorbed into the surface.
I first started working with Clay during my degree in Three Dimensional Design, it’s during this time that I instantly fell in love with the hands on way of working and manipulating it. Today I still have the same love for it, with each piece I make I’m driven to work on the next, each time evolving, changing, striving for the perfect piece balancing form, surface and texture.