I make mainly individual thrown functional pieces but, influenced by Japanese potters, I have recently broadened the range of my work to include hand carved pieces. My inspiration comes from oriental ceramics and the natural world – geological formations and the colour and form of primitive plants, especially lichens and mosses. I work only in stoneware and fire in either a gas or wood fired kiln. Glazes are based on traditional oriental recipes and often incorporate local wood ashes. I love the wonderful effects natural ash and the raw flame can produce, each firing allowing me to discover and explore new effects.