I enjoy ‘one on one’ or ‘one on two’ tuition in the studio, where I can support the development of skills and ideas for beginners to more experienced students. Equally I have run group workshops for up to 10 exploring handbuilt techniques. Encouraging creativity in others and sharing ideas is fulfilling in itself. – and then there is the surprise when the kiln is opened! https://www.chickenrunstudio.co.uk for details
My home and studio is my exhibition. You are welcome to visit by appointment. Please wear a mask.
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New Zealand continues to influence, as it was where I was inspired to ‘pot’ and was lucky enough to learn from one of the best. That was 40 years ago! Bringing a lifetime of ideas to fruition I am rarely out of my studio.
My studio is in the back garden, in The Chicken Run, where I produce an eclectic mix of Stoneware both wheel-thrown and hand-built work.
The chooks are an inspiration and take a keen interest in everything that is going on eagerly wandering into the studio and reluctantly leaving as they are shooed out.
Stoneware clay as a medium will take the heat of the oven and the extreme weather outside. I love throwing open forms such as bowls experimenting with glazes and textures. From simply thrown bowls to those with expressive lips, jugs with ‘Hand’-les or a seated animal on the rim.
Functional and aesthetic hand-built bowls and garden features, include windchimes, animals balanced on stones; garden birds on bird baths made of coils, dots and the imprint of leaves and stunning glazing. Each piece unique.
Quirky animals especially hares often feature in my thrown and hand-built work. Personalising these they come alive and pose for me as I make them, I have produced a Jazz band, hiker hares with knapsacks, sporty and dancing hares. Recently an NHS inspired hare.
Summertime weather has prompted me to more Raku. Am newly experimenting with local clay. So organic, Raku is instantaneous and pure chemistry in action as the glaze firing can be seen in front of your eyes. Raw nature is an inspiration; Animals and birds in Raku come to life with the natural blackening of the unglazed work, cracking and lustre of the glazing and highlighted imprints of leaves.
Having just returned from New Zealand and the Solomon islands I am readily anticipating opportunities to explore and reproduce many more shapes, textures and colours , particularly in bird, marine and plant life.
I have produced commissioned work, individualised and personalised and am open to challenges.
Visit my website www.chickenrunstudio.co.uk to see more of my work.