Inspired and taught ‘A’ level ceramics by Mal Magson, over 30 years ago at Scarborough Sixth Form College, I have had no further formal training. Life took over, after a degree in Physical Geography, a Masters in Transport Planning and Engineering, 10 years in transport planning practice and three children, I finally acquired a kiln in November 2015. I am now at a point in my life where I have the time and equipment to explore further my love of ceramics. I’ve waited years for this and I’m grabbing it with both hands!
I create forms influenced by a childhood on the coast near Whitby and also by the clay itself. My work falls into two distinct ranges at the moment and reflects the clay I’m using. My Parian and porcelain work mirrors coastal textures, colours and forms. Clay coloured with oxides, stains and underglazes, is used to create movement in my pieces. I use natural materials such as shells, fossils and coral to mark some of my work. I often use Parian clay which I love as it is self-glazing, I only fire it once to approximately 1220C and it is semi translucent in places. The shapes are formed over rollers, cardboard or moulds. My other work uses stoneware or Ashraf Hanna raku clay to create very tactile forms based on shapes from nature and Neolithic stone carvings. I burnish, sawdust fire and wax the pieces which gives the clay a very organic texture and patina.
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