“My ceramic work is mostly centred around the vessel form, although I also enjoy making flat wall pieces and jewellery. As an Art teacher for many years, specialising in ceramics, I find much of my inspiration came from the research that is necessary when delivering the Art GCSE and A level syllabus. Looking at the work of other Artists old and new 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 create. Teaching has been a creative process for me, not a necessary chore. Having retired from teaching in schools I am now a tutor at West Dean College Chichester.
Using oxides and stains, I hand mix my own coloured clays which I then inlay into rolled slabs of stoneware clay before forming into my chosen forms.”