I began working with clay in 2001 , when my son was a baby, and daughter was at school.
I bought an old kickwheel, and set it up in the back of the shed, bought a bag of clay, and began. I liked the immediacy of working on the wheel, and it fitted in with grabbing moments while a small boy slept.
My practise remains centred around the wheel, and with it comes a natural path into domestic objects. I make pots to use, but am also interested in using domestic objects to explore creative ideas and that can take the work in a different more sculptural direction.
Woodfiring is a passion, and building a small trainkiln behind my studio in 2018 was the realisation of a long held dream. Work fired this way shows the marks of the flame and ash landing on and around the pieces during the firing. The way the pieces are placed in the kiln, and proximity to the burning wood, along with the type of clay and or glaze, means each piece is individual. Some of this work is available on my sales page.
The cooler months mean getting into the rhythm of firing the woodkiln, with wood collection and cutting on the agenda. We use discarded pellets, orchard prunings and driftwood from the beach, all nearby and easily sourced.