My work has evolved several times in my 20 years with clay but the one constant has always been the wheel. There is something about throwing that feels honest and exposed and its this that makes me strive for quality in design and craftsmanship. I am drawn towards the more challenging forms and techniques and am always pushing my own boundaries and capabilities, as my skills improve my work changes and develops.
My current work is a mixture of control and precision with the natural and organic. The forms I choose are simple in silhouette but meticulously finished with a flawless surface and constant curve. Once the piece is leather hard a pattern is mapped onto its surface and then cut-in with a scalpel. These patterns are intricate enough to create contrast against the simple forms yet considerate enough to flow with the curve of each piece.
I then relinquish some of the control in the glazing process with the use of Lava Glazes, this style of glazing can be somewhat unpredictable but exciting. I have developed the Lava glazes to first of all partially obscure the surface patterns below and making them only clearly visible at a distance. Then on closer inspection revealing an intricate textured web and crater like surface which is both rich in colour and texture.