Debbie's work is inspired by Korean and Japanese ceramics, both ancient and modern. She explores the strong simple forms, the use of lively surfaces and glazes and inclusion of other materials. She also applies the concept of wabi shabi – the acceptance of imperfection and transience – in her work. Pieces may not be totally symmetrical and cracks may form due to the firing processes Debbie uses.
Inspired by the iconic Korean Moon Jar, with their pure white surfaces, Debbie uses various techniques to would give a more ‘lunar’ surface – burnishing, terra sigillata, the use of crackle glazes and different ways of smoke firing. This includes pieces which have been already partially glazed, with spectacular results.
The spherical form of the Moon Jar has evolved twice; firstly, into the ‘Torn’ form (exposing the interior of the sphere giving a second surface to experiment with) and secondly into the Pear shaped form, with an elongated neck. The Water Pail vessels are based upon the Japanese water bucket. They are finished with wooden handles fashioned from driftwood and other twigs and branches.
Debbie handbuilds her work, using pinching and coiling the clay sometimes placed into purpose-made moulds. She uses white earthenware clay mostly, and occasionally stoneware and porcelain. For surface decoration she uses both commercial and glazes and terra sigillata mixed in her studio. Over the last year Debbie has been exploring the potential of different types of firing processes, eg low temperature gas firing, barrel and sagger firing.
She still occasionally make teapots.......