- Artist statement
My work for the past eighteen years has been focused on learning new skills and techniques, I like creating animal sculptures and making functional and non functional pieces. Each piece that I make is made with the chosen clay that suits the surface colour that I am trying to achieve, incorporated through application of underglazes, oxides, Slips and glazes
I incorporated hand building techniques as well as wheel thrown pieces because I found that I could recreate visual images in 3D. I have made videos making animals over the past couple of years and have posted them on my you tube channel. To date I have had 485,582 views.
The inspiration for making clay animals came from observations of dogs that I have known and animals that I like.
The video that I visit frequently is making and painting a tiger cub. I made a mistake when editing the video and deleted connecting the head but I think the best part of the of the video is the painting on the stripes. I just had to go for it, any mistakes meant I would have to wash all the underglaze off and start again.
For 7 years I have been teaching at the Malden centre in New Malden. I have my own class on Monday evenings. I do four hour sessions on Saturdays with my colleague, teaching parent and child classes I also do a drop in session on Thursday afternoons.
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My favourite technique to date is slip inlay. The timing has to be just right for scraping off the slip, the scraping process each time is like opening a Christmas present, even though I know what’s underneath!
Reflecting on my work: My work is varied for my teaching practice but I haven’t found my own style style yet.
Over the past year I have had a few successes, one of them being my slab teapot.
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I also made a miniature record player in memory of my grandmother which I am fond of. She would have been smiling if she was looking over my shoulder while I was making it.
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Unsuccessful pieces were my water feature for my last project : The project was enclosure. I decided to make two large thrown bowls that fitted inside each other. The outer bowl being the river bank and the inner bowl being the enclosed river. I didn’t allow enough for shrinkage so had to quickly make a larger outer bowl. In hindsight, I should have made a double Walled bowl and cut through on the hollow rim so that it blended in better.
Moving forward I want to create new and unpredictable styles. Art is very important
for me and not too obvious in my work. During the coming year I will find an art course that will allow me to express my ideas and gain the confidence to apply designs to my work.
Currently I am learning the technique of mono printing. I want to explore this technique and apply it to hand built pieces.
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I am inspired by ceramic artist Craig Underhill. His work fascinates me, I like the crispness of his style. His work is related mostly to the theme of the seaside, he uses clay as a canvas to tell a story.
Paying attention to the craft and making things that are meaningful, watching people achieve a goal through sharing my knowledge is the biggest thrill of teaching.