I studied ceramics in Oxford, England, before setting up my first workshop in 1993, when I also began teaching community education pottery classes in Burford and Chipping Norton. Initially I worked in earthenware with slip decoration, fired in an electric kiln. After a few years I succombed to the temptations of firing in a gas kiln to explore stoneware reduction glazes using wood ash as a basic glaze ingredient.
I have always been interested in both form and glaze, and the interaction between. I look for a sense of movement and energy coming from the way the glazes flow into each other giving seemingly random effects
1990-1993 I successfully completed a three year City and Guilds ceramics course, and followed that by an apprenticeship with the porcelain potter Suzanne Bergne, in Gloucestershire.
1993-2002 set up my first (very small) studio in Burford Oxfordshire and spent time working alone and developing a range of slip decorated earthenware, all thrown on the wheel. I joined the Oxfordshire Craft Guild and began exhibiting with them, and with Oxfordshire Art Weeks, which teaching evening classes.
1996-2002 bought my first gas kiln, and began working with wood ash glazes, and then later developed crater glazes with layers of earthenware glaze underneath a dry ash glaze. These were exhibited in venues throughout the UK. I began teaching and exhibiting yearly at Art in Action, which is held at Waterperry, Oxfordshire, and has been one of the exhibitions I have found most rewarding and inspiring.
2002 moved to Cropthorne, Worcestershire with a bigger studio. I bought my second gas kiln and began making some larger hand built garden sculptures with dry ash glazes, whilst continuing to develop a range of domestic ware and one off gallery pieces.
2009 a move to France, and then in
2010 bought a house and began renovating my wonderful spacious workshop. My kiln arrived from the UK and was installed in a former garlic drying barn.
2012 – 2013 I began teaching twice weekly and running Raku Workshops, having mastered the bureaucracy to become an “auto entrepreneur” enabling me to sell in France. I have joined two Artisan and potters associations which helps both with my french, and to keep in contact with other makers. in 2013 I began selling in potters markets.
I use porcelain for my layered glaze pieces which are all thrown on the wheel. This is a beautiful and silky clay to work with, although it does have a high shrinkage rate.
For the plain glazed tableware I am using both porcelain, and doublet stoneware which fires in reduction to a pleasant toasted colour, and the pots are half unglazed on the outside.
My glazes are made up with wood ash being an important ingredient of up to 50%, with oxides being added as necessary – cobalt, iron, chrome, ilmenite.
I am constantly experimenting with glazes and colours; it is a continuing evolution, and always fascinating, occasionally frustrating.
2016 – from July 2016 I will be dividing my time between Oxford UK where I hope to establish a small workshop, and France: Apart from family reasons this change of residency will enable me to have stock in both countries, and to hopefully participate in more exhibitions in the UK: