My ceramic work is mostly centred around the vessel form, although I also enjoy making make flat wall pieces and jewellery. As an art teacher for many years, specialising in ceramics, I find much of my inspiration comes from the research that is necessary when delivering the Art GCSE and A level syllabus. Looking at the work of other artists new and old is always rewarding. The textures and compositions of Ben Nicholson, John Piper, the energy of Franz Kline and at present the shapes from the 1950’s, also help to inform my work.
My early pots were influenced by Alison Britton and Elizabeth Fritch, potters working in the 1970’s. They gave me the confidence to break away from the Bernard Leach tradition. The simple enjoyment of making, is something that we all recognise, and I still get much pleasure from enabling others to find the confidence to make. Teaching has always been a creative process for me, not a necessary chore, so I was delighted to be recently appointed as a tutor at West Dean College.
Using oxides and stains, I hand mix my own coloured clays, which I then inlay into rolled slabs of stoneware clay. These flat sheets are then formed into shapes. After a bisque firing, the pieces are sometimes worked into with oxide pencils and glazes, before being fired to Stoneware temperatures.
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