Artist's Statement

“My current work is hand built architectural forms which are coloured with slips, part-glazed and earthenware or raku fired.

Much of the work is evocative of abandonment – in particular the sombre, blackened houses. Although individually dark, empty and isolated, when grouped together they appear to form their own community, evoking human interaction and suggesting a human presence by its absence.

The inspiration for my work comes both from media images showing the aftermath of man-made disruption and environmental disaster, and also from time spent in coastal areas particularly on Hebridean islands, taking photographs of weather-worn and derelict structures.

The ceramic process – particularly the rapid and unpredictable nature of raku (where the red hot ceramic is plunged into combustible material) – reinforces a sense of destruction and irrevocable change. The pieces show a real and implied history acquired by their passage through fire and smoke. Yet they how have a stillness and solitude. They become vessels for reminiscence and contemplation.

I have been making and studying ceramics since my schooldays. I have a degree in fashion design from St Martin’s School of Art, London, and worked in fashion design for 8 years. I then spent two years living in California where I developed my ceramics full-time and discovered and learnt the process of raku-firing. On my return to the UK I took a masters degree in Fine Art ceramics.

I have exhibited in California, in London and all around the UK.”

Small Raku Houses

Small Raku Houses

              5cm each Ceramic, raku fired

Large set of houses

Large set of houses

              12cm each Ceramic, raku fired

Set of four grey houses

Set of four grey houses

            9cm each Ceramic, raku fired

Set of Four Coloured houses

Set of Four Coloured houses

  9.5cm each Ceramic, raku fired