I grew up near Penzance, on the south west Cornish peninsula, an area where you are never more than four miles from the sea. The wind and tide sculpt amazing forms on the beach, leaving abstract forms, untouched by humanity. I like my pots to looks as though they have just been created by a turn of the tide, formed by natural forces.
I worked as an Art teacher at secondary schools in Hemel Hempstead and Basingstoke for twenty-six years. Since retiring, three years ago, I have been able to concentrate on developing my own work. I built a studio in my garden at home and have been experimenting with a wide range of clays and construction techniques. Porcelain slab pots are my latest obsession!
I create them using a lightly grogged porcelain clay, managing the drying process very carefully over several days. They are decorated with a black slip on the outside and a shiny white stoneware glaze inside. Sometimes I overlay them with fine thin dancing stripes to counterbalance the strong geometric lines. I want them to engage the viewer.
I love experimenting with new materials and techniques. Pottery allows me to discover and appreciate the natural world. There is always so much to learn.
Address: “Pastures”, Dummer Road, Axford, Hampshire, RG25 2EB
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