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 [...]

On the move

On the move

These last couple of months have been hectic to say the least. I can't quite believe how busy its been. So here's a bit of an update - A lightning speed run around what I've been making, seeing, winning, writing... plus a picture of a strange creature from York. I made a lot of new [...]

Woodland Colours

The muted colours of Sussex in Winter and Spring must have been seeping into my thoughts and into my work over the past few months. Some new ideas and pieces have been emerging as a result. Colour palette I've spent some time looking at the colour palette I use and working on a range of colours, textures [...]

Oatmeal and plums for tea

Some test pieces from my latest firing My latest firing included a mix of pieces heading for galleries and forthcoming shows. It also included some tests to try out different clay body mixes and surface treatments. Some of the new test pieces explore a different look to the light celadons and dark pieces that I make. I'm [...]

Clay

I've been experimenting again. In fact I think I'm always experimenting a bit. I always want to try out things and ideas that are new to me, so I rarely spend a day in the workshop without trying out a variation on a shape, a new glaze recipe, or a new clay body. Recently I've been [...]

Easter surprises

I've just unpacked my kiln after a reduction firing. The firing contained some pieces intended for the Contemporary Craft Fair at Bovey Tracey in June; some are for a couple of galleries right now and some for a very exciting teabowl exhibition I'll be taking part in later on in the year (more info to follow [...]

Sea Change

I have just opened the kiln to inspect my first reduction firing of 2014. I had been very nervously waiting for the kiln to cool down because the firing itself hadn't seemed to go particularly smoothly. So this morning, when it was cool enough to open, I inspected the results and found there were some [...]

Born from Fire and Ice

I've now had two firings to cone 10 in my new kiln. The first one contained lots of pots that didn't matter if things went wrong. Luckily, things went fairly well, but it got a bit exciting when the floor started to burn! I carried on firing to the end, and a friend said this [...]