Inspiration

My work is undoubtedly influenced by the beautiful surroundings of the Blackwater Estuary where I live, with its open skies, soft muted colours and textures of water, stone and mud that the tidal river creates.

 

Having been brought up surrounded by Danish design it is no wonder that I am also strongly influenced by Scandinavian contemporary style, with soft curves and clean lines. 

 

However, much of my recent inspiration has come from the Japanese and Korean ceramics that I have admired over the years. Although usually fired to stoneware temperatures (my work is low fired), I attempt to emulate the depth of tone and texture, together with the organic nature achieved through hand building and smoke firing, where any imperfections that occur as part of the process is a
welcome guest.

About the artist

After a career in Marketing Communications, I studied 3D art specialising in ceramics at Colchester Adult College gaining a Diploma. 

It was at college that I discovered smoke firing and became absorbed by this ancient technique and began to experiment. 

 

I have been creating pots for over 15 years and the art of smoke firing has always formed a key element in my work. During this time I have refined the process, developing my own methods and techniques, bringing a contemporary feel to my work.

I have since exhibited in many galleries locally and across Essex, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk.

In 2007 I was made a Selected Member of Anglian Potters, one of the largest associations of ceramic artists in Britain.

 

I have exhibited at Selected Member’s shows as well as open exhibitions held by the Society.

I currently live in a small village on the edge of the Blackwater Estuary coast with my partner, children and dog. 

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