I began seriously working toward developing my pottery about 17 years ago. I joined the EAPA and managed to set up a little workshop at home.
Although largely self taught, I have attended various courses including an Open College of Art course in Sculpture for one year at Hills Road College, Cambridge, and various weekend courses with some of my favourite ceramicists on various techniques, throwing, hand building and smoke firing with Jane Perryman, Maureen Minchin, Des Clover, John Maltby, Kate Malone, Morgen Hall and others.
I have always been attracted to the versatility and tactile nature of clay and in particular the technique of burnishing and smoke firing. I concentrated primarily on developing the surface texture of my pots and to bring out the natural beauty of the material using the Naked Raku and Fuming techniques. These techniques involve a great deal of patience and precision with not much room for error but the results can be very rewarding.
Having worked with such precision in the past I am now trying to develop a freer and more spontaneous way of working. My forms are essentially classical, rounded and feminine and I am attempting to capture some of the movement and unpredictability of the Raku process. At present I am working on achieving bright glazes combined with copper metal and oxides.
I have exhibited and sold my work through the EAPA at Ely Cathedral, Lion Yard, and Jesus Lane, Cambridge, The Burton Gallery and Museum, Bideford, Makers Gallery in Stamford, The Pelican Gallery, Cambridge, a private exhibition at Windmill House, Linton and Primavera, Cambridge, the Arts, Crafts and Design Exhibition, Newmarket, Buckenham Gallery, Southwold, The Darryl Nantais Gallery, Linton, Cambs. The Riverslade Gallery, Saffron Walden, Essex. Angela Mellor Gallery, Ely, Cambs. I am a Selected Member of Anglian Potters.