Growing up in a village surrounded by farmland and woodland, I've always had an affinity with nature. I was that child that would stop in the middle of the path to examine the patterns on a leaf, or the sun shining through a droplet of dew on a spider's web; to watch a grasshopper jumping or wonder at the fluttering, erratic movement of a butterfly or a bumblebee. My interest in the tiny detail and the way that nature can create seemingly random patterns that have an organic beauty and underlying purpose has followed me throughout life and now manifests in the work I create.
Having completed an MA in Ceramics at University of Wolverhampton, I now work from my studio in Wallingford, South Oxfordshire using slip-cast parian clay to create delicately thin and translucent pieces. I am inspired by the interactions between light and landscape, the ability to transform the mood of any vista by varying levels of light. I am always trying to convey a sense of optimism within the work I create. My sculptural work evolved from research into Seasonal Affective Disorder and light therapy, focusing on the positive effects natural light can have on the human body, both in terms of physical and emotional well-being.
I am a member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen and associate member of the Craft Potters Association.
I teach slip-casting and mould-making workshops at Oxfordshire Arts, new dates will be posted later in the year, Covid-19 dependent.