I am a qualified teacher of Art and Design. I taught in Secondary Schools in and around the Bournemouth area for many years and was Head of Department in a local independent Dorset school. In 2004, I took early retirement from teaching and now concentrate on producing my own range of decorative pottery
For most of my life I have lived close to the coastal area of Devon and Dorset, so the marine life found in the sandy coves, on the rugged rocks and in the tidal pools has long been an inspiration in my work. I concentrate on representing the textural qualities of each element. The work of the sixteenth-century potter, Bernard Palissy, and the contemporary potter and ceramicist, Kate Malone, have also influenced my work.
Using stoneware clay, I produce a range of pots, platters and planters, all based on a Jurassic theme. The shapes for my pieces are organic, mainly based on curves, emulating the open, undulating areas of the coastline. The surface of the clay is impressed with found items from the shoreline. Sculptured forms, such as shells, fossils, seaweed, fish and crustaceans are then added for surface decoration. The concave and convex surfaces of the finished form provide a tactile experience when held.
To decorate with colour, I use a variety of materials such as oxides, stains and under-glazes. After bisque firing, both coloured and clear glaze are applied, with the addition of crushed glass. Overall these applications help to enhance the depth of colour and give an encrusted and three-dimensional effect. Finally the pieces are fired to 1240 degrees C. No two pieces of work are identical.