I used to think that it was the element of solitude that drew me to the process of making with clay but I've come to realise that, in fact, it's the safe space you can create for yourself and other people to have a conversation in.
I am a ceramicist and teacher, currently based in Birmingham. Craft is my means of navigating the world, a way of life, a source of meaning. My practice focuses on marrying aesthetically pleasing forms with clearly defined functionality.
Most pieces begin as a fascinating encounter – with human or nature – followed by meaningful conversations, and culminating in obsessive making for months on end. Everyday moments are translated into objects for our every day; their essence captured into lithic textures across a gradient of hues.
Through my work, I pay tribute to clay – the humble material that enables the ceramic process. Sometimes, it is found and used in its natural state. On other occasions, I would reconstitute and labouriously blend it to achieve the colour of cliffs yet unseen. Every piece I make, however, is always hand-thrown on the wheel and meticulously finished into a pot that bears the marks of its own story.