My work is inspired by a passion for architecture, buildings and townscapes. A fascination with industrial and commercial structures, especially where they have fallen into disuse and are abandoned or neglected, coupled with a deep-seated feeling for the Romantic appeal of ruins generates a desire to create pieces that portray mood, feeling and emotion – in the words of Graham Sutherland “I found that I could express what I felt only by paraphrasing what I saw. ... the mysteriously intangible must be made immediate and tangible, and vice versa.”
I use a number of techniques, including slab building, slip casting and press moulding. Surfaces are enriched with applied scraps of clay and impressions and marks made by tools and found objects. Multiple glazes and slips are used to create textures and layers of colour echoing patterns made by architectural elements, the colours and textures of crumbling stone, rusting metal, and peeling & cracked paint.
The work is fired to stoneware temperature (c. 1260 C) in electric and gas kilns – the latter used for reduction firings.
In addition to the work shown under 'Ceramics' in the 'Images' section I also undertake one-off work for exhibitions. Examples can be seen under 'Projects' in the 'Images' section.
Please contact me if you would like to discuss any requirements.