Pottery has been part of my life for a long time. My first experience of using clay to produce creative and artistic outcomes started at Strode College in the year 2000.
Continuing on with my ceramics education I chose to study Ceramics on a degree course at UWIC Cardiff. I spent several years working for a small pottery in Bristol where I founded my throwing skills and interest in domestic pottery. I then spent over a year working as part of the production team at the Leach Pottery St. Ives which was then lead by Jack Doherty, making Leach Tableware and developing my own ideas.
I was able to gain experience in Gas Kiln firings using the Soda fired technique which was very new to me. I now make my own domestic pottery, using red terracotta clay and the slipware technique at my fathers former blacksmiths workshop in Cheddar.
I still love the processes of making pottery, which has gentle perimeters that help me to keep within the discipline of Craft, yet allowing me to design and make my own pieces.
I love the contrast between the rich colours of terracotta and the subtle tones of the coloured decorating slip and the simple surface patterns I often use. The smooth-coloured glazed surfaces give my forms a bright and happy presence, which I feel suit’s all manner of home settings.
I like to make simple functional items that can be used every day.
You can find my work at the Leach Pottery St Ives Gallery, Somerset Guild of Crafts Wells, Ace Arts Somerton, and The Arts Quarter Cheddar.
I offer a range of pottery classes and courses for all abilities from my studio in Cheddar. These include one off throwing experiences for individuals and groups as well as 6 week throwing courses and other bespoke activities. Course dates are listed on my website.