I have a fascination for stories. Every piece of work I make starts with the same blank canvas: a thin sheet of pure white porcelain with its connotations of beauty, value and fragility. I aim for the porcelain to closely resemble those for modern Chinese porcelain, that it should be:
As white as Jade
As thin as paper
As bright as a mirror
As sound as a bell
Into this I mix local raw materials from the side of a river; the excavation of a hole; the edge of a car park; the waste heap of a Cornish copper mine. Geology is at the core of my work! These found materials interact with the porcelain to build vibrant strata of colour and personal interest where the only limit to interpretation is the viewer’s imagination. I delight in taking risks with materials, repeatedly refining them, constantly strivings to create thin, lustrous work which only reveals its full nature on closer inspection.
The insides of the vessels are glazed, which draws out the colours. The exterior is polished and waxed to a unique glow.
I am an Associate member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and a selected member of Design Nation, a Crafts Council body set up to promote British design by some of the most innovative designers and craftspeople from across the UK.