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.