My narrative sculptures are often inspired by folklore, and observations of daily life.
Songs, poems, sayings, overheard snippets of conversation, these might spark an idea which I may then develop into a finished piece.
I find keeping a rough sketchbook of drawings is a useful way to record ideas. Some randomly pop into my head, others, a momentary glimpse whilst I’m out and about, maybe an odd dream..... These sketches help me to visualise what may develop into a 3D piece of work. Sometimes they follow a theme and yet others may be completely individual. All are completely unique, individually hand made, no molds used, and are the culmination of imaginary stories dreamed up as the piece forms.
I use earthy terracotta clay to form each character by applying various hand building techniques. They then go through a lengthy process of drying, firing, sanding, washing, glazing, re-firing, waxing, and finishing, to produce the end result.