I have been working with clay for over 20 years now and have loved every moment working with such a versatile and exciting material. I was first introduced to working with clay by my very inspiring secondary school teacher who encouraged me to use all the facilities available in a very well stocked ceramics studio
I am based in Lancashire and in my studio I create contemporary ceramic vessels. The vessels are decorated with slips before being impressed with marks which are inspired by photographs taken whilst travelling extensively. I use splashes of colour to highlight the texture and mark making before firing to stoneware. Each piece is unique and is slab built with textured or chunky black clay and are, for me, a celebration of form, material and mark making. They will happily hold water if required.
The clay is impressed before being decorated with oxides, slips and glazes.
The marks made on my work are created with man-made objects such as screws and nails found on the street, or from parts of circuit boards salvaged from abandoned electrical goods. This way of impressing marks into clay is a reflection of my long-held fascination with the concept of future fossils and how the throw away nature of modern life affects the land.