I much admire Korean, Japanese and Chinese carved vessels, often with celadon glazes, as well as more recent work by ceramicists such as Tim Gee and the surface decoration of pots by Elizabeth Fritsch. The drip paintings of Jackson Pollock also intrigue me.
I particularly like the whiteness of porcelain for throwing and for slip cast vessels, as it shows off glazes to great effect. I have recently been using it to throw bowls over a hump mould and slip casting tall vessels. However I find some forms such as platters best thrown in stoneware because of its strength. I am still experimenting with different altering techniques such as piercing and eroding with water and sand blasting to give more interesting texture or surface design.
Many of my designs involve abstract wavy lines which are reminiscent of mountains or waves on a beach. Recently I have started using geometric forms embroidered onto my slip cast cylinders, which causes a visual ambiguity as they wrap around the form. Similarly with my porcelain bowls, I enjoy the dialogue between the curved form and the lines of glaze left by dipping and the resulting overlaps.
I get great satisfaction from the semi-permanent nature of ceramic vessels in our ever more throw away society and the ancient derivation of the art form.
CV & Education
Qualifications and Training
BA (Hons) 3D Design: Ceramics, Bath Spa University June 2013
Diploma in Applied Crafts with Distinction from City of Bath College 2008
Designer Crafts, The Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD Jan 2014
London Potters Annual Exhibition, Morley Gallery, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 Nov 2013
Mudslinger's Pre Christmas Exhibition, Walcot Street Chapel, Bath November 2013
SanBao Ceramic Art Institute, Jingdezhen, China Oct 2013
Tent London 2013, Old Truman Brewery, Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR June 2013
New Designers, Business Design Centre, 52 Upper St. London, W1 2013
Graduate Show, Sion Hill Campus, Bath Spa University, June 2013
Larkhall Open Studios, 6 Grosvenor Terrace, Bath May 2013
Mudslinger's Christmas Exhibition, Bay Tree Gallery, Bradford on Avon December 2012