I have been a professional ceramic artist for more than 25 years. I set up my studio in the Staffordshire Moorlands in 1988 after I had studied ceramics and worked in the ceramic industry in Stoke on Trent. Part of that time I was a designer for Coalport China (then part of the Wedgwood Group).
This background gives me a broad appreciation of ceramics and techniques. I am interested in the art-ware produced by Royal Doulton in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and French potters such as Clement Massier. I also have influences from outside the ceramic world. Kandinsky, Malevich, Mondrian, Nicholson, Brancusi, Rodchenko and the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright are just some.
My work draws on these various sources and cultures, and I am always evolving my own original vision. which is a juxtaposition of controlled, linear designs with areas of loose, painterly decoration. I use the surface of the pot as a painter uses a canvas. Controlled, linear designs are juxtaposed with looser, more painterly areas. But I find that to use the medium of ceramics makes the “paintings” I create much more accessible.
To stand in front of a painting and admire it is one thing. But, I feel that to be able to hold a piece of art in your hands, feel the surface and the weight of it adds another dimension to the experience. It provides a connection with the artist whose hands will have created and also held that piece
There is a combination of human judgement and technique that I still find exciting and rewarding. I have always been willing to take risks with my work and it is this quality that, in my opinion, distinguishes the artist from the craftsman.
In 2014, I was made a Fellow Member of the Craft Potter’s Association and in 2015, I was selected to be a member of Contemporary Applied Arts.