I studied Ceramics and Design at Cornwall college. Prior to that I worked an apprenticeship with a Somerset ceramicist for seven years, all of this has led me to where I am now, I currently work from home in a summerhouse in my garden.
The pots are handmade from slabs of white earthenware clay. I hand model details such as handles, spoons, birds, and fish. Each piece is carefully hand painted with underglazes, I also use various glazes, oxides, stains, ceramic pencils and gold lustre to decorate my work. Because I prefer a matte finish, on certain pieces an organic food-safe beeswax is rubbed into the exterior.
Each piece is fired three times.
Often decorated with subtle flowers and leaves, delicate lace is impressed onto the surface to create beautifully textured marks. I introduced nails sticking out from the clay after finding old pieces of wood with the nails still in and wondering what they once were and where they came from.
My inspiration comes from my surroundings. The Cornish countryside plays a part in my work, although it may not be apparent when you first take a glance at my pieces, however when you look closely you can see the inspiration lies deep within the detail. My process is natural and constantly evolving, when you look back on my work you can see that it grows with me, changing with the fashion and my personal taste as it develops.