My work is an expression of my emotional relationship to my surroundings. I have lived in many harsh environments, deserts and salt lakes, mining areas, snow country and dense forests. Environments that are defined by extreme cold and heat, floods and bushfires, strong storms and high winds. I make what I see around me- charred blackend wood and earth, mud and teeming water, moss, leaves and bark. This is reflected in the tactile nature of my work.
I am interested in the relationship between humans and nature and how such extreme surroundings effect us emotionally. My work is sometimes a peaceful interpretation of these diverse conditions, at other times the tension I feel is reflected in the teetering forms and stacking of my work. I seek to push the boundaries of balance as nature’s extremes push me, and by doing so to tell a story of my struggle between controlling my environment and managing myself within it.
My work is functional ware with a scultptural twist. I use a unique blend of stoneware clays and a variety of glazes to create a tactile and diverse range.