About

Recently joined member of the Romsey Art Group


cropped-one-collection-1.png I still have an affinity with clay as a material with which to make three dimensional objects. It is more immediate to me than any other material I have worked with and, as an Art and Design Technologist, I really enjoy the technical problem solving clay demands.

me

I came to enjoy the qualities and immediacy of working clay as an accident during my A level studies in Art and Craft many years ago. My teacher at the time over-looked the craft element of the course I was on and I spent most of my time drawing and painting.

I was placed on a life drawing course at the Royal College of Art in Bristol. In my last term we realised I needed to produce craft based work. We had a pottery so it made sense. I then studied Foundation Art and Design and BA(hons) Ceramics at Bristol UWE. Mo Jupp, Nicholas Homoky and Walter Keeler were my tutors along with Elizabeth Turrell.

Since then I have not touched clay until now. I have instead raised a family, worked in the printing trade and became a Secondary Teacher and Head of Department for Design and Technology, which I really love; inspiring the creativity in others. I still have an affinity with clay, it is more immediate to me than any other material I have worked with and, as a Design Technologist, I really enjoy the technical problem solving clay demands. The design process is where my enjoyment lies. I now build and try to capture a balance between form and function. Sometimes the balance tips more towards form and I battle to instill function. Tableware anchors me to function.

It is my ambition to secure my first exhibition in 2019, 25 years since my graduation.

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Salt glazed stoneware. My take on the brown betty from some years ago.

Some works from 1994 influenced by Japanese water gardens and the outdoor landscape.