I have been working professionally with clay and ceramics since the early 1970's; as a studio potter, technician and tutor. I worked at Chelsea College of Arts, part of the University of the Arts London for over 38 years.
The website shows a selection of work from recent years.
All work shown on the site is wheel thrown, mostly in porcelain, but also some in white stoneware clay.
My research into crystalline glaze over a number of years has led to a range of interesting glazes, which I am still developing using this most fascinating but challenging and unpredictable process. The crystals in the glaze develop in the cooling cycle of the kiln firing and control of their placement and growth is limited. Each piece fired is therefore unique. I aim to catch the growth of the crystals while in the stage of forming and feature them in a subtle way with the background base colour.
I have designed a range of forms to carry and show the crystalline glazes to best effect; cylindrical and rounded, lobed vase forms in particular. Small containers in porcelain with finely turned finial handles are also a recurring theme. The interaction between the crystalline glaze running over a matt white glaze provides further surface interest and exploits the fluid nature of the crystalline glaze.
Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, many events this year have had to be cancelled. This includes the South East Open Studios. There is however an online version which will run through June.
Below, are some photos of the workshop during last year's South East Open Studios event.
I am due to have a stand at the 2020 Yalding Art exhibition November 27th to 29th at Yalding Church, Kent. A decision is to be made on this in late August.
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