I began seriously working toward developing my pottery 20 years ago. I joined East Anglian Potters assoc. now Anglian Potters, and managed to set up a little workshop at home.
Although largely self taught, I have attended various courses including an open college of art course in sculpture for one year at Hills Road College, Cambs. and various weekend courses with some of my favourite ceramicists, Jane Perryman, Maureen Minchin, Des Clover, John Maltby, Kate Malone, Morgen Hall and others on various techniques, throwing, hand building and smoke firing, naked raku etc.
I have always been attracted to the versatility and tactile nature of clay and in particular the technique of burnishing and smoke firing. I concentrated primarily on developing the surface texture of my pots and to bring out the natural beauty of the material using the naked raku and fuming techniques. these methods involve a great deal of patience and precision with not much room for error but the results can be very rewarding.
Having worked with such precision inthe past I am now trying to develop a freer and more spontaneous way of working. my forms are essentially classical, rounded and feminine. I am attempting to capture the movement and unpredictability of the Raku process using bright glazes combined with copper metal and oxides.
I have exhibited and sold my work through the Anglian Potters at Ely Cathedral, Lion Yard, Jesus Lane, Cambs. The Burton Gallery and Museum, Bideford, Makers in Stamford, The Pelican gallery, Cambs. AChurch Street Gallery, Saffron Walden, Buckenham Gallery, Southwold, The Darryl Nantais, Linton, Cambs. The Riverslade Gallery, Saffron Walden, Peter Pears Gallery, in Aldeburgh, The Pond Gallery, Snape Maltings.
I have recently branched out into making glass and I am currently enjoying developing my printing at Gainsborough's House.