I have been a potter for over thirty years. I began in Wardour, just outside Tisbury, where I first trained and worked, and then in the South of France. In 2000 I returned to the UK, and established my workshop close to Southwold, in Suffolk. My style has developed through a strong interest in the English 20th century decorative arts tradition. I make both decorative and functional pieces, and they are of equal importance to me.
Much of my work starts out on the wheel, and may then be altered and assembled, other pieces are entirely handbuilt using rolled slabs. At present I am working predominantly in earthenware clay, which I like for its warmth as a material and for its connection to traditional slipware. I use a wide variety of decorating techniques such as wax and latex resist, sliptrailing and sgraffito. The slips are saturated with stains and oxides, which allows a painterly process of building up and layering and gives the work its character. Each piece is individually decorated and unique.
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