All my work is handbuilt from slabs of clay. One surface on each piece is imprinted with pattern using a linocut, making my work individual and customisable.
Designing my own patterns and cutting my own lino is an important part of my ceramic practice. One of my favourite reference books for pattern is ‘The Grammar of Ornament’ by Victorian designer Owen Jones. A linocut that I often use was inspired by a visit to Ely Cathedral, another is a wren design which was inspired by wildlife photography.
I use glazes that enhance the ridges and troughs of the imprinted clay. Colour, texture and contrast are all very important to me and I often use a matt underglaze against the high shine of glaze.
Inspiration for shapes comes from many places including architecture and product design. I enjoy making interesting pieces that people want to pick up, hold and take home.
I am a member of Anglian Potters, Cambridge Open Studios, and the Craft Potters Association.
Form, Pattern, Colour & Contrasts