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Contact Details

Studio: Hertfordshire, England, HP1.
Telephone: +44 (0)1442 256585
Email:
Availability: Private address – phone first
Joined on: 2011-09-15
Last Updated: 2013-08-13

Artist Statement and Background

Artist Statement and Background

I studied at Harrow under Mick Casson during an exciting period of ceramic development (1969 –71). At that time, Walter Keeler, Mo Jupp, Colin Pearson, Ian Godfrey and others were also lecturers on the course. Later, I spent time working with David Eeles and then with Danny Killick.
After that I set up my own workshop in Oxshott, Surrey. It had been Helen Pincombe’s and she left me her monster gas kiln. When I came to grips with this challenge, I made domestic thrown ware, selling mostly at fairs. At the same time I taught part-time at Richmond Adult College.
Then I decided to travel to India for a complete change, spending three years there absorbing the beauty of the temples and other ancient architecture. I also saw beauty in the simplest of ceramics, in particular the small earthenware cups in which tea was served on the railways. They were intended for use just once but I found it hard to throw them away.
I was not satisfied with making thrown ware after these experiences. I needed a complete change and for a time worked with stained glass. Although it was in a way magical in its properties, I found it unforgiving to work with. After a time, I came back to my first love - clay - but found that the relationship had changed! I wanted to work unconstrained by the disciplines of throwing and began to explore the possibilities of hand-building individual pieces. 
Although I sometimes make ‘families’ of objects, my creative process means that no two will ever be the same. I like to introduce something unexpected  in my work. There could be elements of the bizarre, the spiritual or the frivolous. Each piece I make is unique and suggests some further possibility. This keeps alive my love of the work and, I hope, others’ enjoyment.

Technical Information

Technical Information

Electric kiln fired to 1240 degrees C. Colours are mostly metal oxides and underglaze colours though occasionally glazes. After firing, some gold leaf.

Exhibitions

Exhibitions

Various group exhibitions.

Work Styles

Work Styles

Stoneware
Handbuilt
Wall Panels, Plaques
Sculptural
Clocks
Animals and Birds