I document points of interest photographically. From there, I sketch out ideas and start working in clay. I may go straight to my wheel, and play around with various shapes. Sometimes I make paper templates to work out a more accurate shape and to evaluate scale, and work with soft slabs of clay.
Other times, I will make several prototypes and test pieces before settling on a final design. I will then make plaster moulds to produce multiple pieces, by either slip casting or press moulding.
I enjoy working with a speckled white clay as well as iron rich clay bodies. I love the muted colours that I can achieve through using coloured slips on its surface. I like to scratch through these layers to reveal the clay body underneath. A bit like rust revealing itself through decades of layered paint.
My past work has included a commission to produce a range of tableware for a local restaurant.
I am currently working on an every day range. These pieces are also inspired by weathered surfaces, but in a more subtle way.
I continue to develop and explore textural surfaces through my decorative vessel forms..