In this edited video, I show some of the processes I use to create a woodland vessel. This piece has been thrown and fired and various twigs have been cut and fitted into the loops at the top. I have a selection of coloured and fired porcelain pieces attached to wire and I start by trying out various combinations to see what they might looks like with the piece. Once I’ve decided on a combination of pieces I use a small hand-drill to make slender holes in the twigs. The wire attached to the porcelain pieces is then fitted snugly into the drilled holes. Pieces of lichen and other natural materials are also added.
Pursuit of Intrigue
This short film about my work, made by R&A Collaborations in 2014, offers a sensitive portrait of some of the work I made at the time; focusing in on my ceramic and mixed media compositions; dipping into my thought processes, taking a peek at how I work with clay and incorporate found materials.
A brief glimpse into turning a porcelain vessel on the wheel and adding a loop to the rim.
Making a plate with a decorated surface
This video in two parts aims to show a simple clay project that can be made at home using tools you might have access to. Here I make a small decorated plate – I roll out clay for a plate, press in dried grasses and seed heads to create a decorated surface, and then use another plate as a mould for the shape.
A bit of coiling in the kitchen
During Covid Lockdown I worked with clay in my kitchen. Here I’m using a serrated kidney tool to work the outside of the pot and even out any lumps and bumps. I use the flat side of the kidney to smooth over the rough surface. Adding coils, I drag plenty of clay down with my fingers to merge with the previous layer, inside and outside. Then I use a firm plastic kidney to ‘raise’ the clay, thinning the walls in the process and increasing the height. To level the top, I use a craft knife to first mark where I want to cut a line and then cut the wavy top off, to give a level rim.