I am a potter working in a studio at the end of my garden in rural north Norfolk. I make small batches of wheel-thrown functional and decorative pots using high firing stoneware clay.
In 2018 I achieved the life-long dream of building my own wood firing kiln alongside my studio. I fire to 1280°c over 30 hours with wood in two opposing fireboxes and I introduce soda into the chamber over 3 – 4 hours towards the end of the firing. The flame circulates wood ash and soda vapour around the chamber, depositing flashes of colour and texture onto the surface of the pots. For me the firing process is an integral part of the making and creating of my work. The results achieved make each piece truly unique.
Much of my recent body of work is reflective of the folk art aspect of British ceramics. I have been slip trailing and using sgraffito and paper resist to decorate traditional shapes, often in contemplation of the year just past and the year to come.
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