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About

I discovered a love for clay in my teens and always wanted to be a maker.  Life ultimately took me along a different path but I continued to be drawn back to working with clay and eventually studied ceramics at Havering college and UCA Farnham. I was finally able to pursue my original passion and become a full-time maker in 2020.  

From my studio in the Surrey hills, I make thrown and altered vessels from white earthenware clay to represent a ‘life story’. I add marks and indentations to signify unforgotten events and paint the surface with abstract marks using coloured slips, oxides and underglazes before randomly applying glaze.

 

Influenced by my work in pastoral care and counselling each process symbolises the significant events we encounter and acknowledges the lasting impact they can have. I also add gilt to the surface to reference ‘Kintsugi’ the Japansese art of restoring a broken vessel with gold. This much-loved metaphor for life is a reminder to stay hopeful and to celebrate all that we overcome.

I discovered a love for clay in my teens and always wanted to be a maker. Life ultimately took me along a different path but I continued to be drawn back to working with clay until I finally decided to pursue my original passion and become a full-time maker in 2019.  

Having been involved with pastoral care and counselling over many years I’m interested in how the events of life impact and alter us, often leaving us forever changed.  I believe that however imperfect and marked we are, every life is valuable. 

​'There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you’ – Maya Angelou 

​Each piece I make represents a life story.  I throw various vessel forms using white earthenware clay as a blank 'canvas'.   The altered forms and indentations symbolise the knocks and scars collected along the way.  I continue to layer spontaneous marks in coloured slip to acknowledge those unforgettable moments and experiences that last a lifetime.  Glaze is applied randomly to allow a contrasting surface of both the rough and smooth. The final layer is gilt which references 'Kintsugi' the art of mending a treasured but broken pot with gold, rendering it all the more precious.   This is a much-used metaphor for our own lives - a reminder to stay hopeful when things fall apart and celebrate what we learn from life's challenges and pitfalls.

​'Kintsugi is not the art of erasure – the invisible mend, the erasing of a mistake – but rather the marking of a loss.’  Edmund de Waal

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About 

I discovered a love for clay in my teens and always wanted to be a maker.  Life ultimately took me along a different path but I continued to be drawn back to working with clay until I finally decided to pursue my original passion and become a full-time maker in 2019.  

Having been involved with pastoral care and counselling over many years I’m interested in how the events of life impact and alter us, often leaving us forever changed.  I believe that however imperfect and marked we are, every life is valuable. 

 

​'There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you’ – Maya Angelou 

​Each piece I make represents a life story.  I throw various vessel forms using white earthenware clay as a blank 'canvas'.   The altered forms and indentations symbolise the knocks and scars collected along the way.  I continue to layer spontaneous marks in coloured slip to acknowledge those unforgettable moments and experiences that last a lifetime.  Glaze is applied randomly to allow a contrasting surface of both the rough and smooth. The final layer is gilt which references 'Kintsugi' the art of mending a treasured but broken pot with gold, rendering it all the more precious.   This is a much-used metaphor for our own lives - a reminder to stay hopeful when things fall apart and celebrate what we learn from life's challenges and pitfalls.

'Kintsugi is not the art of erasure – the invisible mend, the erasing of a mistake – but rather the marking of a loss.’ Edmund de Waal