My work in clay, like most of my work, has strong shapes and textures at the forefront. Shapes that are fluid. Shapes that may start off as a traditional form, but quickly develop a life of their own, acquiring a distinctive character and appearance.
As well as strong shapes and tactile textures, there is one material I love to add to my work. Glass. Stained glass. Fused into or onto the clay, different effects are created according to the temperature, the clay, the glaze, and sometimes, it seems, according to the whims of the kiln gods. The results are always unique and cannot be reproduced. Ever!
But of course, any piece still has to look good with shadows!
Also, the shadows serve to emphasise the sculptural quality of the work. This is most evident in my ‘Dartmoor Pool’ series, inspired by a walk on the moor with some American friends shortly after a heavy rain shower. Small pools had formed in the depressions on the top of many of the granite blocks. The wetness made the textures more evident, it highlighted the quartz veins and heightened the contrast between the rough edges of the rocks and the smoothness of the wet areas. The clear blue sky flashed off the surface giving a false impression of depth. Altogether surreal. This is what I’ve tried to capture.
A small selection of my work is available online through Etsy and Small Market in the UK only. Most of my work sells by personal contact at the various shows we attend or at our Open Studio events, which are listed on our events page.