“Very few people in this country think of the making of pottery as an art, and amongst those few the great majority have no criterion of aesthetic values which would enable them to distinguish between the generally good and the meretricious.” (Leach,B. 1940)
Since I was a child I have been interested in “homecrafts” such as cooking, baking, sewing, patchwork, knitting and growing bulbs and garden produce.
My intention in 2002, prior to commencing the BA(Hons) Contemporary Applied Arts and then the MA Contemporary Applied Arts, was to enable me to gain the skills to make a living by selling what I enjoy making, using my interests as influence for form and decoration.
I graduated in 2009 having obtained BA and MA degrees in Contemporary Applied Art at the University of Cumbria, specialising in ceramic lighting during the BA degree and developing a new range of tableware during the MA degree.
I began to use porcn as the ceramic body as I liked the effect that the stark white body gave along with the natural translucency. It tends to distort during drying and firing which can be frustrating, but this effect can be used to my advantage to achieve unusual forms.
During the MA programme I looked at the process of slipcasting and exploring the use of innovative materials to make models and moulds, from which the ceramic pieces are formed. I had previously used mounting board to make the models and I am now using other innovative materials to produce shapes which change shape when the wet plaster or ceramic slip is added, which is part of the attraction as it becomes a different shape with its own small imperfections.
These techniques have now progressed and I now use textiles, mainly lace, and textured wallpapers in a collage form to form the decoration of the ceramic pieces. I have also recently developed a range of handbuilt pieces using a wrapping technique. These are also decorated using textiles or textured wallpaper pressed into the clay during the rolling out process.
The range of slipcast and handbuilt products include vases, tealights and hanging decorations.
I have shown my work at Potfest, British Craft Trade Fair, Country Living Scotland (Christmas show), Scotlands Trade Fair and many other selling fairs.