My work is informed by landscape and my sculptural pieces focus on the rugged and imperfect elements of the natural world. My bark sculptures are inspired by the Silver Birch tree and reflect the distortions caused by ageing on its pure white surface which becomes gnarled and broken. I also illustrate the renewal process when the tree sloughs-off its old bark which peels away like thin, curly parchment. These forms are hand-built with porcelain which I pull and stretch until it wrinkles and cracks.
My thrown porcelain vessels celebrate the complexions of the seasons with blocks of intense glaze colour and precious metal leaf. I use strips and drips of lustre to create an added visual and tactile dimension and play with ideas of tension and imperfection by cutting the rims and ‘stitching’ them with leather.
Recent work in progress has included large decorative wall tiles.
I have a Master's Degree in Ceramics
(University for the Creative Arts, Farnham)
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