The pastels and watercolours have developed over time , from sketchbooks full of attempts to capture the poetry of these special places : they are meditations on landscape. Some are closer to the external facts , some closer to the inner world. The bird is a frequent presence ; it often seems to be searching for something within the landscape , and it is probably me.
I’ve been making pots since about 1957 ; they were initially sculptural, slab built forms, but in 1983 the need to furnish myself with plates, bowls and jugs, along with a six week visit to Japan, prompted a renewed interest in the vessel, and since then most of my work has consisted of platters, dishes, jugs, jars and related shapes.
I try to make pots where form and image coexist as equal partners. They are in different languages, and to bring them together into balance is an endlessly fascinating puzzle.
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