I am a sculptural ceramic artist and most of my works are medium-sized, abstract pieces based on the human form. It is through my work that I explore and communicate the concepts and ideas that inform my world. My art takes on many guises; it may reflect my own inner state, it may tell the stories of others or it may explore new forms and techniques, but always underlying it is an insight into ‘who and why we are’.
It is not just the form that inspires me but also the glaze and type of firing. I am constantly attracted to glazes and firings that are organic and often random in their finish. For example, Raku firing is hot and exciting as you open the kiln at 1060-degrees, withdraw the glowing work, placing it in combustible materials and wait to see the result. The effects are inherently unpredictable and this is also a reflection of life; there are some elements we can control and others that we cannot. Giving over control to the firing process or the glaze and heat, provides the final adrenal rush and excitement as you open the kiln to see the horizon between artist and materials.
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