I make reduction fired functional pottery and ceramic art pieces from my studio at Croft Pottery in Rainton, North Yorkshire. Whilst Japanese and Korean techniques and forms influence my work, I also draw inspiration from the places I explore and study. My work is often a response to a site or area: Visually, through a response to the topography. Physically, through the use of raw materials foraged from the vicinity or Metaphorically, through the use of form, patterns and emblems which explore folkloric narratives.
I use a lot of found materials in my practice, I dig clays and silts for clay body mixes and slip decoration and combine them with ash from organic sources such as trees, shrubs and plants and rocks and minerals to make my glazes. This 'Gatherer' and often 'Alchemistic' approach adds a personal journey of exploration and experimentation which creates a unique physical and emotional connection between the pots I make and places I explore. My philosophy towards making is definitely led by the joy I get from experimenting and exploring and is based on a fundamental love of tactile processes and play.
I have exhibited in the United States at the International Yunomi Invitational in Ohio and at a number of shows in the United Kingdom such as; The London Design Festival as part of the ‘Tactile Minds’ exhibition, 'Gatherers' and 'From this land' in conjunction with Thrown Contemporary and OmVed Gardens, 'Flow' and 'Elements - Earth Fire' at Gallery 57, 'The stories we tell' at the Stratford Gallery and the CPA York Ceramics Fair 2024. Upcoming projects include 'the Gansey project' the London Clay Project and the 'Claya' project. Please visit the Exhibition page in my Blog for details of shows and exhibitions or visit my Instagram page for news on upcoming projects and work in progress.
My work is available through my online shop or through the galleries that represent me. I am currently represented by The Leach Pottery, Thrown Contemporary , Gallery 57 , The Stratford Gallery and the Clay AKAR gallery.
Alongside my own practice I also work as an educator and have 20 years teaching experience in Further, higher and adult education. I am currently a visiting tutor at the Crown Works Pottery in London and I run courses at the Croft Pottery. I have previously taught at The Kiln Rooms in London, as a tutor at Goldsmiths College , University of London on the BA, GDD and MA Design programs and as a Ceramics, Design, Graphic design and fine art tutor at College level.
Details of the projects I am working on and the places I am exploring can be found in my blog.