About the artist
As you walk along a beach, your eye is often drawn to a particular stone or shell. Who knows what it is that makes it stand out from the crowd, and as you pick it up you admire its colours, texture and form before putting it in your pocket. Its soft edges feel good in your hand and tells the story of its long journey through the hands of many waves and tides.
As the stone dries the colours become muted, more in keeping with the tones of the surrounding beach. In my work I am always looking to capture the feel of that precious stone with its softness and evolving form that comes from the natural weathering process.
I have always been absorbed by the technique of smoke firing, and it was at college studying 3D craft and design where I began to experiment with this ancient technique. 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 always sought to produce work that embodies the peace that I find when contemplating the tidal coast, both at large and small scale.
I have 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 and dog.