My interest in pottery has been ongoing since childhood, having spent many hours in my father’s pottery workshop at home, in Washington. My involvement in making my own studio pottery developed further whilst being trained in the craft at Biddick Farm Arts Centre (1988-94) by my father Alan Ball. Since 2005 I have developed my work from domestic ware and glazed studio pottery to an ancient smoke firing technique. By once firing, followed by a decorative smoke firing and beeswax polish to finish, the pots have the tactile, earthy quality I was looking for. Influenced by African Art and the shapes and textures of nature, my hand-built vessels and wall hangings have a distinctly tribal feel. I use natural materials, such as driftwood and leather to decorate my wall hangings. I work from my studio in Westerton, Co Durham, and am a member of the Northern Potters Association. I supply work to several local galleries and take part in Open Studio events. Also for several years, I have attended Potfest In The Pens. A marvellous potters market.