One of the wonders of earth is that clay is one of the most commonly available resources in the natural world. Its particular colour often shows where it originates from and what is in it: iron, silica, kaolin are some of the substances lending it its special features. Working with it is a privilege as much as a challenge: some clays fit one's hands perfectly whereas others simply don't suit. And so, creating a piece from a particular clay can be a pleasure, a thrill or sometimes a chore and end in either happy surprises, pleasure or in disappointment. To work with clay is like the experience of life: one will see happiness, sheer pleasure, will be over the moon but also down in the ditch and will learn to cope with loss. Such is life (clay)!
During this year's Warwickshire Open Studios my ceramic works present this experience of life on planet earth expressed in clay, formed in various shapes and glazed in a variety of colours and shades.