Recently joined member of the Romsey Art Group
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.
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.
Some works from 1994 influenced by Japanese water gardens and the outdoor landscape.