I started making ceramics again 10 years ago. My background is in Luxury Fashion buying, I have worked with all the major luxury brands worldwide. Throughout my career I have had a passion for and collected ceramics. I changed my career, moved to the St Leonards and the sea, to give me more time to make pots, it is the thing I love doing the most in the world and is now my focus.
I love the element chance within ceramic and my work, you have to accept that the elements play a strong part in how your work turns out, you cannot completely control everything. I use torn paper to create jagged edge shapes with accidental proportions, in coloured clays matt finish clays against the solid black earthenware or terracotta of the pots. These slip shapes have an energy and interaction with each other as well as play with the proportion and shape of the overall vases. The bold simple shapes in the decoration and form are inspired by dazzle ship camouflage from World War 1, the Jerry Anderson imagery of Thunderbirds, Tracy Island and the tracking light of the Mysterons that both scared and excited me as a child. This is coupled with a love of early art from all cultures, the bold mark making, organic forms and pattern captivate me.