My new large scale sculptural ceramics have been partly influenced by the effect of the pandemic on both people and places. All of the work seeks to portray elements of one or more of the following: exasperation, concealment, migration, abandonment and the seasons. The stoneware, sculptural ceramic forms are developed from my fascination with the negative spaces observed within natural landscapes, especially between the bare branches of trees and the stems of plants. These forms themselves can become the catalyst for further ceramic pieces, utilizing the new negative spaces left behind when the design is cut from the slab. Each piece is unique, and is hand built using stoneware clay. The surfaces, in parts are scored, impressed and at times broken. Applied decoration is textural and painterly, using a limited under-glaze palette, over a dry stoneware glaze in-order to create a painting on a ceramic, three-dimensional canvas.
I have been a practicing ceramic artist since graduating in Ceramics and Glass in 1983. I worked in education for 33 years as a teacher/manager in Art and Design and have been a Lead Verifier for City and Guilds Ceramics. I retired in 2017 to focus on and pursue my own creativity and joined the community of artists at Wilcote Art Studios in 2018. The Wilcote ceramics studio, with its view into the woods, has inspired the creation of my current range of experimental work.