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, [...]

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 [...]

Round Robin

I was a tad busy this Autumn/Winter. If I try to put it all down I realise it looks a bit like a Christmas round robin letter - a lengthy listing of what I've been up to, regardless of the audience! So, no obligation - feel free to enjoy only the pictures and skip the rest! I [...]

Mudlarking

Last week I went on a very exciting trip to London to go 'Mudlarking' on the banks of the River Thames. Beach combing, to seek out unusual 'found objects', is one of my favourite activities, but I'd never had the opportunity, or courage, to go foraging for finds in London before. My friend and fellow potter [...]

The Little Things

Right now I'm in the process of selecting work to show at the Contemporary Crafts Festival at Bovey Tracey in Devon which takes place next weekend. Some new pieces that are heading for the festival are all about the details and the little things. Teaspoons, thimbles, tiny bottles and surface decoration.   Come and visit my stand at the show from [...]

Migrating Spoons

My spoons have been travelling. The surprising adventures of the 'curious utensils' has taken my spoons all the way to the USA. One of my spoons has been selected to be part of an exhibition entitled OBJECT:SPOON 2014 organised by  Vipoo Srivilasa at Harvard University. The exhibition will feature 25 ceramic spoons of all different shapes and [...]

A Spoonful of Sugar

There's something a bit fascinating about spoons. Their pleasing shape can be played with and distorted to create at once familiar and yet subtly altered objects. For a little while now I've been making a range of delicate willowy handled spoons like the ones below, in porcelain, stoneware and terracotta, and grouped together in clusters [...]

Curious Utensils

Alongside making vessels, I have another side to my work; making curious utensils or ambiguous objects. I've recently created some more of these small and obscure things using my usual materials of porcelain and terracotta, as well as found objects including metals, wood, fibres and organic materials. When I show them to people they almost always [...]