Since returning to full-time making I have developed my practice using Raku and smoke firing techniques. I am very interested in how things develop and change shape as they are exposed, worn or pared away. Inspiration is derived from a range of sources but organic, linear and coastal themes predominate. I want my work to be visually stimulating, with appealing tactile qualities, to enable a multi-sensory appreciation of the pieces.
Work currently available from:
The Gallery at Bevere
Leamington Studio Artists
Craft Potters Association
The pieces are constructed using a mixture of slabbed, coiled and thrown components and are finished in a number of ways, some areas are left with a definite texture, in some sections additions made, other parts are glazed or burnished to a high gloss. After an initial firing to 1000 degrees c., the pots are treated with resist of different kinds then glazed, before firing in a propane Raku kiln. They are removed at 900-950 degrees c., and placed in a reduction chamber with paper, sawdust or other combustible material, which carbonises the surface and encourages the metallic elements of the oxides and minerals to emerge. Alternatively they are smoke fired. They are then cleaned, and finished with wax to reveal subtle, robust, deliberate, incidental patterning, marking or texture.
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