I am making wheel thrown, slip decorated, earthenware pottery from my studio in Derby.
My ceramics have their roots in traditional country pottery. I love the rounded feel and rich colour of Devon jugs and Staffordshire slipware.
I live in a modern urban environment where my relationship with the earth can feel distant at times. My pots reflect this complicated situation. I apply decoration and images, based on my drawings and paintings of the cluttered back gardens and allotments of the city.
The work is made from red earthenware clay and uses a mixture of traditional slip decoration, scraffito or trailing, spriggs and mono-printing, ceramic pencil and under glaze washes. I use these techniques in combination where they are appropriate for the image.
I glaze the work with a honey coloured or clear glaze which is fired to 1080ºC to give a warm, smooth and traditional feel.