I studied ceramics at Hammersmith College of Art (London). My first studio was in Paris where I lived for several years. My present studio is in Whatlington, East Sussex. I was head of ceramics at St Leonards Mayfield for many years. I am now retired and work full-time on my own work.
Pieces are either stoneware or raku fired. Raku is a technique involving the removal of the work from the kiln at 1000°c and placing it in a smoke bin containing sawdust. This carbonises the fired clay body and gives the characteristic crazing marks to the glaze.
My influences are the rural environment in which I live; I have always been drawn to ancient cultures – Egyptian artefacts, early Cycladic forms, Etruscan pots and sculptures. The hare has become a recurrent theme in my work and appears in many myths: The moon and the hare occur in folklore in India, China, Africa, Mexico, North America and Europe. I feel that we are inextricably linked with the past while being in the present. Our technology is new but ideas, feelings, our fundamental humanity are ancient. We look at the same seas, the same skies; we breathe the same air, (pollution aside!). We are confronted by the same mysteries. Using clay, that most ancient of materials helps me to come to terms with some of these facts and establishes an atavistic connection between my forebears and myself.
Sculptures range in price from £235 to £700.
If you would like to buy any of the sculptures that are available (New Work section) please contact me by email.
I do many commissions for private individuals. If you would like to commission me, I would be very happy to discuss this with you. Pleasse email me or call me on the number provided.
I also hold classes at my studio. I help and encourage students to explore most aspects of pottery here. Throwing domestic and decorative pieces, making scupltures, making glazes and firing in either a traditional or Raku kiln. Limited spaces are available. Please contact me for more infomation.
I hold a workshop teaching session once a year at West Dean College.