I have been a professional potter for over twenty years.
During this time I have been fortunate to be influenced and mentored by three important potters. Firstly David Leach persuaded me to turn to using porcelain, saying that my work suited this clay. I was immediately taken up with this "silk" of ceramics.
Secondly and most important was my contact with Joanna Constantinidis whose affect on my work is felt daily in the striving for artistic merit.
Latterly Geoffrey Eastop encouraged me to expand my knowledge through fine art.
Other influences are less obvious but include music-having initially trained as a musician.
I now live and work in the Fens and the great expanse of sky and its ever changing moods and colours are what I search for in glazes-misty blue greens and grey yellows are the "between" colours I most enjoy.
For this exhibition I have chosen to use porcelain although I often fire stoneware in a wood-fired kiln.
My porcelain is fired to 1300oc in a reduction atmosphere. It is both delicate and astonishingly strong because the clay and glaze are fused completely in the firing. Poise and balance are the qualities I have emphasised-some pots tipping but still in balance, others like the fine bowls are taken to their limits on the wheel. Then the wet clay, fresh from the wheel is held by the fire–like a ballerina caught in mid twirl!
Prices range from: £40 - £50
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