I made my first pot at the age of six when I accompanied my mum to her evening classes. Mum was a talented potter and I have a few pieces of her work, which I love for their liveliness, their evocation of the 1960’s and of course the fact that she made them!
I rekindled my affection with clay in 2003, fitting in pottery classes around my work as a photographic producer and family commitments. For the last few years I have been a regular attendee at Richard Phethean’s classes. Richard is a slipware master and his generous teaching style has been key in my own development as a potter. I love getting stuck into new projects and I also really enjoy the social aspect and friendships that have developed from the shared learning and enjoyment of all things clay!
In 2016 I decided to free up more time to focus on and develop my pottery style and skills. As I became more immersed in the processes of making, I found that the things that excited me most about ceramics were the subtlety of form, how a line or glaze affects that form, the freedom of marks and the transmission of energy and soul that each potter expresses in the form of a pot.
This year my dream to build my own pottery space is being realised, and I should be working in my own studio by the end of 2018. I am looking forward to my ongoing pottery journey, collaborating with other potters, learning new techniques and finding new sources of inspiration to inform my work.