I work in stoneware to hand build my pots, using either crank or black clays to create small, medium and large pieces, both functional and sculptural. These are then fired in an electric kiln. My work is frost resistant and is therefore suitable for use both indoors and outside. My pieces range from small vases and dishes to large ali baba and sculptural pots. I will be exhibiting the full range of my work during Artweeks, with pieces both in the gallery and in the garden.
I belong to the West Forest Potters Guild and am a member of the Craft Potters Association, West Ox Arts and the From the Kiln group of ceramic artists. I have exhibited regularly during Oxford Artweeks and Bucks Open Studios (now Bucks Art Weeks) as well as with a number of galleries and art fairs. I am delighted to have been selected to exhibit at Celebrating Ceramics, Waterperry, in July. In addition I will be showing my work during July and August in the 'Ceramics' exhibition at the West Ox Gallery, Bampton. I also exhibit regularly under the title "Curvilinear" with photographer Tracy Florance where we find our two media complement each other perfectly. A selection of my work can be seen at the Obsidian Art Gallery, Stoke Mandeville and the Tiny Gallery, Henley-on-Thames.
My co-exhibitors in the gallery in Iffley are painter Bridget Farrands and jeweller Chloe Romanos and we look forward to welcoming you during Artweeks.
I first encountered clay at evening classes and these still serve to guide, inform and inspire me. Initially I began making pots on the wheel, learning to throw and becoming familiar with the basics of working with clay and glazes. Gradually a desire to explore new avenues and to create ever larger pieces directed my interest towards hand building and this is now my main focus in my studio in Iffley, Oxford.
I am constantly experimenting with different shapes, new glazes and glaze combinations, taking my inspiration from traditional forms as well as from the lines, tones and textures of nature. My ceramics and my skills are continually evolving and progressing as I pursue my fascination with form and texture.