Abstracted story-telling in porcelain
I couldn’t help but take in my mothers love of blue and white china ( I now have her small but treasured collection). Inspired by this aesthetic, my own decoration uses hand screen printed designs which tell stories from my life, past and present, significant and banal. I tear and rearrange my autobiographical words and images as I apply them to the surface of my ceramics, creating more abstract decoration and thus taking on new meaning. Seeking to give each piece its own identity, I mix patterns and glazes to create work that displays individuality even when grouped collectively.
All of my work is hand thrown by me in my studio at Wimbledon Art Studios. I like to create shapes dictated by the feel of the porcelain clay I use and am captivated by the bottle shape in particular. Collaring in the buttery porcelain is a joy. Despite its idiosyncrasies and difficulties, l am drawn to porcelain. It’s fluidity and elasticity on the wheel keeps me energized and able to create each one of my individual pieces of work.
Listen to me being interviewed on Soho Radio by Maeve Doyle on the player below. Really interesting show with interviews and music. My interview is at 36.20.
I am a classically trained ceramic artist receiving my degree in ceramics from Camberwell School of Art under the professorship of Richard Slee in the 1990’s. Following a break for family I returned to my practice with a new body of work in 2018.
Working with clay is a constant learning curve and in order to improve my practice I regularly top-up my learning by attending classes in groups or one to one sessions with makers, whose work I admire in the ceramic community.
I am happily situated at Wimbledon Art Studios in south London, within walking distance of home. In addition to my own practice I hold a board and teaching position at Studio 306 Collective, a social enterprise based in Wood Green, London. The collective works alongside adults living with and recovering from Mental health illness. I have been working in this field for the past 12 years and believe passionately in for the role of expressing creativity in maintaining our positive mental health. I have also held a teaching position at Workshop 305 another social enterprise, but this time working with adults with learning difficulties. Currently I teach adult evening classes at the workshop on an ad hoc basis.
I am an associate member of the Craft Potters Association and a member of London Potters charity.