I have developed my current work as an emotional response to landscape, to the shifting seasons and weather and to the moods and emotions that are created by this.
I make both wheel thrown and handbuilt work, sometimes employing both methods within one piece. Handbuilding using the primitive technique of coiling with large ropes of clay is a slow meditative process which suits my temperament and, without the use of machine or mould, it is purely down to the hand and eye.
Once I have completed the building of these sculptural vessels I then use the finished form as a canvas. Whilst being mindful of its curves and contours, I brush on layer upon layer of coloured slip which I colour with varying percentages of oxides such as cobalt, manganese, copper, red and black iron oxide so each piece is unique. An ash glaze is then applied in layers also by brush for a smooth, milky opacity.
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