Artform/Specialisms: Functional & decorative ceramics. Techniques: slab building, press moulding, coiling & slip casting.
I share my studio with: Colette Hazelwood Jewellery
How would you describe the items you produce?
I produce vases, bowls, plates, cups and wall hanging tiles, exploring texture, colour and composition. I work mainly in white clay bodies including earthenware and Porcelain, which give a bright contrast against the coloured liquid clay slips. I texture the work with patterned embossed papers & doilies. I achieve iridescent and reflective precious metal finishes with Lustres, which I combine with decorative floral transfers.
I have a wide range of people who like my work, from collectors to people wanting bespoke birthday and wedding gifts, to visitors wanting a kitchen splashback or bathroom detail area. I have been exhibiting work in the U.S.A for the past 8 years, through galleries in New York and San Francisco. I was also recently asked by Manchester Airport to design & make a wall installation for their new departure lounge.
What are the things that have inspired, and continue to inspire, your work?
I have three main themes in the surface decoration of my work ; firstly geometric designs influenced by 20th century modernism – artists Wassily Kandinsky & Ben Nicholson, using cityscape & landscape as subject matter. Secondly, heavily textured work inspired by the potter Claudi Casanovas. Thirdly, figurative designs – currently I am working with birds.
When you are not producing new work, what do you like to spend your time doing and why?
I enjoy travel, walking and cycling. I have a long standing meditation and Yoga practice. I take lots of photographs some of which I use in my work. I have become increasingly interested in social media especially Pinterest and Instagram. I have a vast library of music, regularly visit the cinema and eat out.
If you were asked to describe the experience of visiting Manchester Craft & Design Centre to someone who has yet to come along, what would you tell them?
It is one of the few places where you can speak to makers, be involved in the design process and find unique handmade craft and art.