I was born in Gloucestershire near the Forest Of Dean enjoying a rural landscape and community.
On moving to South Devon around 1993 I began to extend my talents in the arts, painting and print making, finally gaining a HND in ceramics and glass at Plymouth Collage of Art and Design in 1998.
I Quickly set up a ceramic workshop near Kingsbridge and in 2000, became an elected member of the British Craft Potters Association, elected as a Devon Guild member and joined the West country Potters association, and enjoyed supporting Salcombe Art Club.
It was at Salcombe Art Club that I had my first taste of teaching ceramics, “Creative Hand Building” and Raku. The enjoyment of teaching led me to take teaching qualifications and running classes in Adult Education as well as in my workshop then through the “Big Hands Little Hands,” Devon Guild's school outreach programme.
Lightweight Raku Kiln
My workshop had now expanded to accommodate a growing demand for my work which has been shown as far as Cumbria to Cornwall including London’s Victoria & Albert Museum London.
My professional career in ceramics began in 1998.
Along with my Raku ceramic work I have introduced a new body of work, stoneware decorative ceramics. Where my ceramic Raku work responded to technical artistic ability and firing processes, my new ceramic work responds more to my emotional feelings and decorative ability interpreting the environment I live in.
I spend a lot of time sketching and painting ideas for my new pieces. This approach helps me to develop beautiful considered objects of art. The flat forms act like a canvas to paint on, abstracting my paintings into feelings on how I see the landscape.
Vitreous slips, clay slips and engobes perform almost like paint on a canvas these liquid clays allow me to use as an emotional expression to my ceramic work, technical ability yes, but a freer creative process to use.
My work has exhibited around the country and abroad also in private collections in the UK and overseas.