My work is informed by the natural world and my sculptural pieces focus on its rugged and imperfect elements.
The bark sculptures are inspired by the Silver Birch tree and reflect how its pure white surface becomes gnarled and broken with age. I try to capture how the bark peels away like thin, curly parchment as the tree sloughs-off its old outer skin, revealing the new one beneath. These forms are hand-built with porcelain clay and presented on a black stoneware base.
My thrown porcelain vessels celebrate the complexions of the seasons, highlighting their different characters 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.
I have a Master's Degree in Ceramics (University for the Creative Arts, Farnham)