“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.”