Originally trained at WSCAD, Farnham during Henry Hammond's reign, and for many years resident potter at Salisbury Arts Centre, since 2009 I have enjoyed the seclusion and creative freedom of my own studio.
More time to think brings home to me the curiosity of making usable things - especially cups or bowls - individually, by hand, in an age and a culture that is addicted to speed, cheapness and mass conformity. I am intrigued by the margins of habit; of what might entice someone to stray beyond their usual boundaries. Nobody buys a handmade pot because there isn't an alternative. There is always a cheaper, less risky option, that won't be looked at judgmentally by less adventurous friends. The choice to live with something unique, the result of one individual's dedicated time and effort, gets right to the heart of our yearning to celebrate the irregular, the other, the poetic, and to reflect something of our human selves, even as we strive for belonging and predictability.
Fine artists, and those potters who have relinquished function completely, are freed from these considerations, but my continuing fascination is to make pots that work in a literal sense and yet still transcend pure, utilitarian function. This is far from a new idea, but its potency waxes and wanes with fashion, and in Britain it has had a hard time of it since its zenith back in the cosy kitchens of the seventies 'good life'.
I make porcelain and stoneware pots that are equally happy being used or displayed. I aim for a comfortable balance between the sound craft traditions my training gave me and a fresh, contemporary appeal.
Because I enjoy trying new approaches I work in short series, whether of everyday ware such as mugs and bowls, or pieces which offer scope to vary the pattern or glaze from one to the next. Occasionally I stray into figurative work too.
Whether patterned or simply glazed, large or small, strong form is the foundation on which every piece stands or falls. Beyond that, beauty and desirability really are in the eye of the beholder.