The Selkie – A collaborative exhibition

The Selkie – A collaborative exhibition

Over the last few months I have worked in collaboration with textile artist and weaver Imogen Di Sapia to produce a body of work that resonates with her beautiful woven fabric and hand died and spun yarn. In Feburary we held our collaborative exhibition & installation at Lokal+, in Helsinki, Finland. The project was a [...]

Subtle Changes

Subtle Changes

My firings use a gas kiln, in reduction, and such firings can always be a little unpredictable. I've become used to the subtle changes that occur from firing to firing and from shelf to shelf depending on the glaze mix, the temperature differences, the amount of reduction, the weather and even the whims of the kiln [...]

Space and Place

Space and Place

New landscapes I'm currently working towards two spring shows that will focus on place and the local landscape. Some of my work draws heavily on the Sussex countryside and the coastline for reference. For a couple of years I've been making some pieces that have elements influenced by buoys or ship's floats that I often find on the beach at Newhaven and [...]

Objects Can Tell Stories

Objects Can Tell Stories

Objects, stories and lost spoons 'Objects can tell stories' is a tag line that I use for my work and its an idea I find I keep coming back to. Objects both found and made can speak to us in so many ways, evoking a real memory or suggesting something completely imaginary. It's a thread running through my work, [...]

Every One is Different

Warm Chocolate I've been working on some new clay and glaze combinations lately, inspired by woodland walks (my previous post has more on this). My latest firing included pieces using these tones, one of which is a rather chocolatey colour clay combined with a milky speckled glaze. This combination seems to work particularly well. I took [...]

Photoshoot

Last week I had some of my work photographed by the expert craft photographer Yeshen Venema. The experience was both enlightening and enjoyable. I got to witness the photographer's process from behind the scenes - seeing how he manipulated the light to provide an even coverage; preventing unwanted reflections and shadows. A lot of the [...]

Green and Black

My latest firing included porcelain pieces glazed in the new green colours that I've been focusing on, along with the dark, almost black clay vessels that I make. The glaze has a small amount of iron oxide added to give it the green tint. A larger amount of iron is added to the same glaze for [...]

In the tea garden

Over the last few months, along with other things, I've been working on developing a new range of teabowls which will feature various complementary glazes.There's something very special about the teabowl, with it's handle-less form, that seems to make you engage with the vessel, and its contents, more intensely. It's a simple concept but can be created [...]