My ceramic practise takes four avenues:
Each path is important to me for different reasons.
My sculpture is expressive narrative and explores the universe of inner stories, landscapes and alter-egos we carry around inside of us. The work is gestural, and always shows evidence of its making and firing. It often incorporates contributions from ceramic friends; a significant emotional element for me. Sculpture allows me to express my artistic visions.
Helen Perrett and I form a collaborative duo called Small Stories. We've been working together creating narrative ceramic exhibitions for nine years and each project we undertake together drives us to expand our concepts, skills and artist expression (not to mention the large amount of fun we have whilst doing it).
It is important for my work to have a destination. If there are no projects on the horizon, I usually create one by curating a group show that challenges the participants into exploring their artistic life in a new way.
My teaching allows me to contribute back to the community. People are drawn to work with clay for a variety of reasons - creative, emotional, physical. Clay allows creative expression other mediums don't, engenders a sense of play sometimes forgotten in our busy lives, and heals in ways not often recognised in medical journals.
Exhibitions & Awards