I have always been fascinated by the intense and random beauty that is created when natural processes are at play - epitomised by the dramatic colours and textures that are seen in and around the coast of Cornwall, where everywhere you look the effects of weathering, aging and decay combine so dramatically with nature's seemingly impeccable eye for design and colour selection.
It is this interplay between intelligent creative design, and the inescapable effects of natural processes that has inspired me, and I have been drawn to ceramics as a way of expressing this relationship.
In my work I avoid precision, striving instead to achieve a harmonious balance between concious design and organic intervention. Hand building, normally with a heavily grogged, coarse stoneware clay, and using various techniques, mainly pinching, coiling and slabbing, I produce large sculpted vessels incised with textures and marks. These are then decorated with various slips before bisque firing and then oxides and glazes applied before a final firing to stoneware temperatures in an electric kiln.
Of late I am also drawn to more figurative, sculpted forms, whilst still exploring the inherant beauty that comes from imperfection, texture and the effects of aging. I enjoy building large heads, busts and smaller complete body forms. These often take on a narrative form, stories developing as the figure evolves, bringing thought processes and experiences of daily life together in my work.