Much of my work focuses on surface decoration, collage and juxtaposition. The vessel is a starting point for exploration of shape, and an interest in the sense of repair and assemblage has informed my method of construction over several years. The result is multi-faceted pots, rich in movement, energy and aesthetic value.
Current research into 18th century tea caddies is adding another dimension to my forms, in particular inspiring an oval shape yet still encompassing several individual panels. Other references include dressmaking patterns and text, maps, boats; and my colour palette draws inspiration from the clouds and the landscape.
I find that drawing and painting is integral to the development of the surface treatment of my pots. Layers of decorating slips are applied to build up the surface and create a depth that holds similarities to misty skies, or walks across the hills, which in turn allows the pots to create a sense of place – sometimes this can be a memory of a walk or a view across the sea. With each piece of clay I like to be able to weave the surface pattern in, around, out and through – to explore the space and composition much like a painting. This is worked alongside more controlled sgraffito techniques, sometimes in order to ‘contain’ the painted surface, and other times to continue it.
Pots are handbuilt using predominantly a white earthenware body treated to layers of slip, underglaze, glaze, and occasionally transfer and lustre. Glazes are used to enhance and add another level of tone, or to enrich the texture of isolated areas. Pieces often go through multiple firings and as each is individual, the process of building up the surface varies accordingly.
Where to buy: Pieces are currently available at the galleries listed here, and at exhibitions throughout the year.
12th July - 7th September 2014 (PV 11th)
Focus on Print.
Craft in the Bay, The Flourish, Lloyd George Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 4QH
I have been selected to exhibit in this summer show of contemporary craft and applied art, alongside a number of artists who all incorporate an element of print within their work. There will be an opportunity for visitors to vote for their favourite artist represented, and the winner will be offered a 2 month exhibition in the Guest Maker gallery.
Exhibiting artists: Sheena Bond/ Jessica Briggs/ Sue Brown/ Jane Cairns/ Sarah Core/ Mary Flynn/ Lorrraine Gibby/ Michelle House/ Georgina Hughes & Ritta Sinkkonen Davies/ EmilyJenkins/ Mary Jones/ Caroline Kirton/ Liz Lawrence/ Pauline Monkham/ Jo Newman/ Samantha Robinson/ Vicky Shaw/ Sally Tyrie/ Maria Wigley/ Emily-Kriste Wilcox
Opening times: daily from 10.30am - 5.30pm