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The immediate environment natural , urban and social, stimulates what I make in porcelain and glass. I am motivated by the translucent qualities of both materials, and I strive to express ideas through combining them when making wall-works.
I also make vessels in porcelain and these range in size from 12cm to 36cm high. I find that porcelain can provide for me, the ideal canvas for embossing texture and plant imagery. I use mineral oxides to colour, yellow ochre, copper and rutile. All my porcelain works are is kiln fired twice, first at 1000 degrees centigrade then after the colour application, in a firing at 1245 degrees centigrade. The high temperature firing makes the porcelain translucent and waterproof, even dish-washer proof!
My main influences are those artists who use light as a theme in their work like James Turrell and Lilian Lyn. I have a similar fascination with the effects of translucency, shadow and light around shape and space. I greatly admire the work of Margaret O’Rorke and Neil Brownsword. Their efforts to stretch the possibilities of clay as a medium of expression, truly inspire me.
Based in the Midlands, my work has been exhibited in local areas Rugby, Leamington, Birmingham and Coventry. It has been part of the ‘Artisans Collection’ in Wedgewood and is currently on display at East Lodge, Jephson Garden, Leamington Spa where I have recently set up a studio. My work has been exhibited throughout the Midlands and sells at The Dancing Light Gallery West Linton near Edenburgh.
I have been practicing various artistic disciplines since leaving art school in 1971. Initially ceramics,making one-off inlaid porcelain. Then I changed direction completely and produced sculptural work in mixed media which had been inspired by a trip to the West Country to view the total eclipse of 1999. Later during a foray into the depths of the World Wide Web I discovered that three dimensional objects could be scanned on certain flatbed scanners. This really whetted my appetite and I was away. I still produce these, examples of which can be found on my web site.
Parallel with this I am producing work inspired by ancient and distressed wood and found metal objects. This project is very much anchored in my past and the things I like to look at and bring home. Presently my work is informed by the bird life around my home, especially in the hedge at the front of the house and stuff found within a short distance of my studio.