I am a ceramicist who is inspired by the layers and textures of the natural landscape. I love hill walking in the Lake District and my pieces are a response to the textural qualities of this landscape. Impressed, ripped, and layered slabs are used to create my work, suggesting the wild landscapes of the north of England.
While walking I am also drawn to the details within the landscape. The wild hedgerows provide a plethora of shapes and textures. By pressing nature, I aim to preserve the beauty of nature. The subtle elegance of these pressed forms used to create delicate slab-built pieces. Using oxides, underglazes, and glazes, I aim to create the atmospheric qualities of the natural environment in my work.
As an art educator for many years, I am now enjoying creating my own work, finding more opportunities to respond to the environment in my chosen media. As I encourage my students to observe and record to inspire ideas, I also use the process of drawing and photography to develop my own creative ideas. These experiences inform my sketchbook work, which in turn is reflected in my ceramic forms.