For Artweeks this year I am producing functional pieces for the home which are hand thrown on the wheel. I will be among other artists at Peachcroft Barn in Abingdon.
Mainly I work in stoneware, keeping my glazes quite simple. I’m particularly fond of a flecked clay at the moment especially glazed in matt white, the speckled effect really sings with contrast between the bare clay and glazed area. Another favourite glaze I use is much darker with a metallic effect which has an iridescent quality, and even more striking when the surface is textured.
My intention is that my ceramics have a tactile quality and people have the urge to pick them up and consider them in their hands.
This is the first year I have taken part in Oxfordshire Artweeks, I’m looking forward to showing my work and meeting lots of new faces.
I have been throwing pots for five years using my own wheel and kiln, and I am also part of a group of potters who use the studio at The Old Forge in Eynsham. As the name suggests it used to be the village forge and there are old pieces of equipment still there, even some very large bellows. It is steeped in history and character, although a little chilly in the winter months!
The changing seasons definitely have an influence on me and my work and as my day job is a florist, I design lots of seasonal floral arrangements. With this in mind, I enjoy designing ceramic pieces that will show off flowers and foliage to their best, from a single bud to a full bouquet, however my favourite pieces to make are probably jugs – it’s especially rewarding when the perfect handle is attached as really finishes the piece off.
Pottery is an exciting never ending learning curve and my challenge for this year is to go bigger and bolder with my designs.