Creativity and exploration are vital to my equilibrium. This often simply happens through drawing, collage or a simple Insta snap. Periodically an idea will grow inside me until I am bursting to birth a one-off piece or group of sculptures, these are often ceramic and occasionally mixed media.
The core of my inspiration is play through art. A deep belief that it is crucial to stay childlike and playful through infancy if we are to remain happy and healthy. I experiment with a range of materials and processes, which typically manifests in ceramic sculpture.
I fell in love with the ceramic process at art college at the age of 17. I had imagined I would be a painter but the thrill of three dimensions and the sensuality of the material changed that course forever.
After experimenting with many forms of art over 25 years I always arrived back at clay. Living on a boat taught me the value and strength of community. Participating in art collectives taught me the value of sharing and nurturing people. Working at Brighton university expanded my capacity for encouraging and enabling students’ ideas.
I’ve tried at times to segment my art practice and ‘day job’ but the truth is my whole life has brought me to this unique mixture: potting, teaching and expressing myself through art. The result being a very simple but rich way of living, inspired by art, food, people and nature.
I do my creating, working and teaching from The Ceramics Studio. The Ceramics Studio has been an evolving concept, born in Surrey Docks Farm in London in 2009 and later expanding into a communal area for artists in a warehouse in Bermondsey. The Ceramics Studio is now based in a sky-lit loft in Warwickshire where I run pottery classes and workshops with an emphasis on enjoyment and relaxation.