Inspired and taught ‘A’ level ceramics by Mal Magson, over 30 years ago, I finally acquired a kiln in November 2015. I have been exploring clay a bit like a kid in a sweetshop as I now have the time and equipment to continue my fascination with clay.
I create forms influenced by a childhood on the coast near Whitby and also by the clay itself. My work falls into two distinct ranges at the moment and reflects the clay I’m using.
My Parian and porcelain work mirrors coastal textures, colours and forms. Clay coloured with oxides, stains and underglazes, is used to create movement in my pieces. I use natural materials such as shells, fossils and coral to mark some of my work. I often use Parian clay which I love as it is self-glazing, I only fire it once to 1220C and it is semi translucent in places. The shapes are formed over rollers, cardboard or moulds.
My other work uses stoneware or Ashraf Hanna raku clay to create very tactile forms based on shapes from nature. I burnish, sawdust fire and wax the pieces which gives the clay a very organic texture and patina.
I don’t want to be limited in my style or forms, I’m making up for lost time – who knows where my journey will take me!