About my work
This year I have worked on making the perfect sized lasagna dish! (My ideas often come from my own needs in the kitchen). Sheet of lasagna to hand, I have made three sizes, the first to fit a single sheet, then two then four but all quite deep sided. Hand built, they are decorated with slip and then glaze on glaze.
I have had huge fun using a local deposit of clay – not a huge amount but enough to make a couple of kiln loads. The clay is unusual because it looks like, and in fact should be, terracotta i.e. plant pot clay, however it fires to a much higher temperature to make a durable, very beautiful end result. It is a deep red colour and shows off the glaze beautifully. I have glazed the inside and over the lip of the cup shapes and left the clay body showing on the outside. A small exhibition in my pottery during the Nidd Art Trail describes the labour intensive process from lump of earth to end product.
I have been a potter for most of my life but for the last seven years I have been working from a studio pottery in my garden at Kirkby Malzeard. I work in stunning surroundings which influences both the form and decoration of my creations. The focus is thrown domestic ware, strong, practical and beautiful.
I sell from my studio through ‘Open Weekends’ throughout the year but recently I have been asked to exhibit and sell in Amsterdam – a new and exciting phase in my artistic life.