Ceramics: functional stoneware with abstract slip decoration
I am a potter based in the heart of rural Suffolk, a beautiful county with gently rolling farmland, and the most magnificent skies. My collection of ceramics is wheel-thrown, and then decorated with coloured slips (liquid clay) in a variety of designs.
My Dad is, and my grandfather was, a very keen vegetable grower, and during my degree I took inspiration for my surface designs from their treasured gardening tools. I still love mark-making, but now my patterns evolve in a more intuitive way, by layering colour directly onto the clay’s surface.
These mugs, vases and bowls are made to be held, to be used daily, to bring a sense of calm to your space. Each possesses a clean, functional form, but their surfaces are alive with sweeping brushstrokes, dancing lines and ever-present circles. I find myself increasingly drawn to the landscape around me, and the Suffolk fields, sun and sky are echoed in the earthy greys, greens and yellows that adorn these pots.
When I’m not potting, I can usually be found out for a walk, watching a B&W film, cooking or eating! I also love visiting a good book shop and exhibition. Matisse is one of my favourite artists, and I love the work of Vanessa Bell, a huge source of inspiration to me.