I love to make simple press-moulded dishes, often using things found on my allotment such as battered tins. I decorate them using slips (liquid clay), a lustrous transparent glaze and occasionally, gold lustre. My large dishes often have a forged steel rim made for me by a local blacksmith.
I like to wander around museums and galleries drawing inspiration from artefacts especially those from Australia and Africa and ancient civilisations such as Crete. The decoration here was inspired by shapes found in Indigenous Australian bark paintings, African painted cloth as well as landscape sketched on my travels. I am currently working on dishes based on Tudor portraits, masks and images of spirts.
Currently, my interest in ceramics is an extra-curricular activity alongside my main work writing educational materials for heritage sites. I don’t have a studio preferring to work with friends at weekly sessions at the City of Oxford College.