I work in the area that overlaps between ceramics and
sculpure. I am fascinated by the medium and see it as
expressive, responsive and demanding of skill and
practice. I try to make work that interests me and
expands my ideas.
I work instinctively and work ideas out by sketching, adjusting the work as I build it to take account of technical problems. Solving those problems is an intrinsic part of the medium and one of the reasons I like working in clay.
I think clay is a very human medium, it records what you do with your hands, it is intensely satisfying, I assume this must be because it allows you a lot of control, something most of us crave. The firing and glazing process is exactly the opposite, at that point you have very little control beyond hoping that the results you have had before may repeat themselves if you are lucky.
Earthenware and stoneware sculpture and assemblages, some vessels and some figures.
Current work availability:
Direct from the artist
Redlees studio, Isleworth
See my website.
Lectures: My ceramic work(+slides or digital images)
Workshops: Slab building with clay (age 8+) and press moulds & slip casting(adults)
Creativity: Find it, play with it, show it.(teens+)
Writing on ceramics:Reviews, profiles, features as seen in London Potters association newsletter.
I build using slab building techniques and press
moulding for basic forms which I then combine.
Earthenware fired to 1120¼C. Stoneware fired to 1250¼C. Electric kiln.
My earliest ambition was to become an artist.
I first came across ceramics at about the age of ten in 1965.
Ceramics were a significant part of my foundation course at Maidstone college of art in 1972. At college (Leeds Polytechnic) in 1973 I gravitated towards conceptual art via performance art, land art and installations.
Since 1975 I have done a lot of different art related jobs, from silk screen printing to community arts to web design. I now spend as much time as I can at the studio, where my work is evolving all the time. My interest in other creative outlets continues in the form of web design, graphic design and teaching.