I started my journey into ceramics over 30 years ago, at college in Stoke-on-Trent, learning my skills under the tutors John Weber and Derek Emms and Neil Malkin. After gaining an honors degree in design, my career path moved into teaching.
A Primary School Teacher for over 25 years, I loved my job with its rewards...and challenges! However, more recently, I felt it was time for me to leave teaching and return to creating. So here I am, over 30 years after completing my ceramics degree, finally taking the plunge and starting a new adventure. I now have my own studio, in a community of creatives at 'Make North' studios near Preston in Lancashire, where I continue to develop my own body of work and teach a range of pottery related courses.
I create two kinds of ceramic ware. My carved series is of slip-cast Parian Porcelain. First I handcraft forms from clay or Plaster of Paris. I then make moulds for these and slip-cast vessels, using my own 30-year-old Parian-slip recipe. The forms are intricately carved and decorated. I work closely on each piece, individualising and finishing them. My work is fired to around 1240°C and rarely glazed, as I prefer the noble quality of the medium to speak for itself. The Parian vessels are highly translucent, self-glazing and possess a marble-like finish, which is incredibly tactile.
My stoneware range is thrown on a pottery wheel, turned and finished, then decorated using a variety of glazes and techniques. I glaze these vessels using a variety of beautiful ready made industry glazes on each piece. Several layers of glaze are painted by hand, resulting in an individuality on each vessel. All of the glazes I use are completely lead free, food safe and non toxic.