I first started making pots at adult education classes over twenty years ago. I immediately loved it.† I was reminded of happy childhood hours of making mud pies and modelling with Plasticine.† Unfortunately the class closed before I was able to develop any skills!†
Later I discovered Quinborne Pottery group which has since merged with Sundragon Pottery at the Old Printworks in Balsall Heath.† I spend time there making pots and helping others to be creative.† I also have a studio pass at the MAC (Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham).
I have worked with porcelain and stoneware.† I am currently concentrating on stoneware work.† I am particularly interested in making bottle forms, both thrown and slab built , twisted forms and vessels that are vaguely reminiscent of bags!†
Iím interested in contrasting matte and shiny surfaces, and in using resist techniques. With porcelain I aimed for pieces that are delicate and colourful.† In contrast my stoneware work is usually tactile and rugged.†
I enjoy both wheel work and hand-building, particularly slabbing.
I am influenced by nature, plants, rock formations and landscapes, both natural and urban, and by abstract patterns.† I really love to experiment, often unsuccessfully!† Nevertheless I enjoy the process even if the end result doesnít always work!