In my work I am celebrating our human need to make, through figurative, vessel and container-like forms. I come from a family of makers and grew up around industrial production but lost my connection with making over a twenty year period whilst working in the corporate sector.
By engaging with the history of the area where I live, I reconnected with my own half-forgotten craft skills, giving me a renewed sense of belonging and identity as a dynamic contemporary maker.
Using traditional hand-building techniques, I merge premium quality materials; leather and sheep’s wool with clay in innovative new ways, celebrating the region’s manufacturing heritage. Thread embellishment, mark-making, and industrial-metallic and leather-like surfaces link to traditional textile manufacturing techniques and equipment.
WHERE POSSIBLE, MATERIALS ARE SOURCED LOCALLY; SHEEP’S WOOL PICKED UP WHILST OUT WALKING AND EARTHS AND MUDS FROM AROUND THE COAST WHICH I prepare TO USE AS SLIPS AND GLAZES, CREATING my OWN PALETTE OF COLOURS.
Over the last ten years I have developed my own distinctive style, giving my work its unique identity. My BEST-KNOWN PIECES COMPRISE THE ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND FUNDED “HAND TO HAND” SERIES TO CELEBRATE THE ART OF GLOVE MAKING.