Training and Influences
To clay I add space and colour. I throw, mould and trim to create shape, form, texture and function. I select and mix natural minerals into slips, paints and glazes to enhance clay’s natural beauty and delight the eye. I aim for harmony between the clay, the surface treatments, the making processes and my skill as a craftsman to produce unique and lovely pieces, which would enhance the human living environment in any space or time.
I make large and small scale ceramics, mainly in stoneware and porcelain using just a few, simple tools and brush painting techniques informed by a deep love of drawing life and nature. I like surface texture as art in itself or as the vehicle to support a glaze. Glazes and other surface additions are mixed from scratch at the pottery and I am continually testing new combinations and layers of minerals and oxides.
For many years my work was hidden, given away or dumped until in 2016 it reached a standard I felt was acceptable for display. I hope you enjoy the show.