About

Artist Statement

I like to make beautiful objects that are to be used, loved and incorporated into daily life.

I draw  inspiration  from discarded weathered objects, buildings and machinery. This is reflected in my work through the addition of visible seam lines and the appearance of rivets, stitches, bolts and nail heads. I sometimes add steel tacks and staples to the clay too. I express other decaying, or evolving materials in my work through marrying different surface textures together in various ways.

Design Process                                                                                                         

My design process starts with researching shapes and textures. I look at industrial structures, machinery and utilitarian objects. I also scourer the shoreline in the hopes of finding some washed-up treasures.

I document points of interest photographically. From there, I sketch out ideas and start working in clay. I may go straight to my wheel, and play around with various shapes. Sometimes I make paper templates to work out a more accurate shape and to evaluate scale, and work with soft slabs of clay.

Other times, I will make several prototypes and test pieces before settling on a final design. I will then make plaster moulds to produce multiple pieces, by either slip casting or press moulding.
I enjoy working with iron rich clay bodies as I love the muted colours that I can achieve through using coloured slips on its surface. I like to scratch through these layers to reveal the clay body underneath. A bit like rust revealing itself through decades of layered paint.
My more recent work has been a commission to produce a range of tableware for a local restaurant.
I am currently working on a new tableware range, called The Weathered Range. These pieces are also inspired by weathered surfaces, but in a more subtle way.

Education

1999-2001:
MA Ceramic Design.
Staffordshire University.
1996-1999: 
BA(Hons) Ceramic Design.
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

Skills

I use many different techniques to make my pots. My education in ceramics consisted of a multitude of modelling techniques, mould making and slip casting. My post education has consisted of learning hand building and throwing techniques.
I draw from all of these experiences to create the objects that I wish to make.

Galleries

L’Artishe Gallery
Swanage.

Exhibitions

2018:

-Dorset Art Weeks – at Sculpture By The Lakes 26th May – 2nd June.

-Hand Made Wimborne, Wimborne Dorset. (Date to be confirmed)

-Joint exhibition with The East Dorset Potters. Shelly Theatre , 2nd August – 16th August,

-Art In Clay, Hatfield House 17th-19th August.

-Hand Made Wimborne, Christmas Fair.

 

2017:
-Across the border.  Ilminster Art Centre. Exhibition with The East Dorset Potters.
-Inside Art, Open studio
2016:
-Pots to Pallettes, The gallery upstairs, Upton house, Poole. Exhibition with The East Dorset Potters.
-Inside Art, Open studio
2015:
-Guest potter at The Creative Gallery, Wareham.
-‘Emerge’, L’artishe Gallery, Swanage.
2014:
-‘Drawn to Clay’. Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch. Joint exhibition with The East Dorset Potters.
-Dorset Art Weeks
2001:
-New Designers, London
-Masters degree Exhibition. Staffordshire university.
1999:
-New Designers, London
-Degree show. Central Saint Martins.