All of my work is thrown, manipulated and assembled while freshly thrown on the wheel in an attempt to capture the soft organic quality of the clay and preserve that softness in the finished piece. Soda vapour glazing in a wood/gas-fired kiln emphasises the marks and rhythms of making. Nothing is hidden.
Manipulating soft clay on a revolving wheel and feeling the material respond to the merest touch is like setting out on an exciting journey for me. The dialogue which goes on between the potter and the clay is carried on through the use of the pots. You pour, eat, store, serve and drink from them, and sometimes you simply contemplate them. I am inspired by the evolving landscape, the rhythms and creative forces of the earth and by the dance of the human body, all of which keep me thinking about the life in a pot made of clay.
We are inherently defined by what we do and what we potters do with clay identifies who we are. I see my work as a potter as a way of life that celebrates the beauty of the world around me.
Born 1945 California, USA
1987-89 Post Graduate Diploma in Ceramics, Goldsmiths’ College, London
1971-74 BA (Hons) English, Further Education Teaching Certificate
2008 Arts Council Grant to travel to China and attend the IAC conference
2007 Arts Council Grant to travel to S. Korea to work and demonstrate
2009 Lantic Gallery, Tiverton, Devon
Centre de Creation de La Borne, France
Grapevine at Burnham Market, Norfolk, UK
2007 Grapevine Gallery, Norwich, Norfolk
2006 Bettles Galelry, Ringwood, Hampshire
2005 Contemporary Ceramics, London
Selected recent exhibitions
2010 Oxford Ceramics Gallery May Exhibition and NewWorks.
Contemporary Applied Art, Solo Focus Exhibition. July
“Teapots”, Makers Guild in Wales, at Craft in the Bay
“The Art of Ceramic Decoration”, Keramickcentrum Tiendschuur, NL
2009 “Cup”, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Devon, UK
“Salt of the Earth”, Salthouse 09, North Norfolk Exhibition Project,UK
2008 ‘Afresh’, Gallery Top, Derbyshire
‘Celebrating Salt and Soda’, Octagon Gallery, Whichford
‘Salt and Soda and Penland’, Rye Gallery, New York, USA
2006 Alpha House Gallery, Sherborne, Derbyshire
‘A Pinch of Salt’, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
2005 ‘Krug oder Kanne’, Galerie Handwerk, Munich, Germany
2004 Third International Ceramics Biennial, Brasschaat, Belgium
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Ceramics Collection, University of Wales, Aberstwyth
Adolf Egner Collection, Germany
Yingge County Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2009 Contemporary Ceramics, A Global Survey .Emmanuel Cooper.
The Art of Ceramic Decoration, Artists Share their Secrets, Mels Boom, Uitgever Publisher, Netherlands
2004 ‘Making Marks. Discovering the Ceramic Surface’, by Robin Hopper
- CAA Exhibitions
- Current Exhibition
- Coming Soon