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I’m a ceramic artist and print-maker. I’m inspired by many things; mythology, spiritual imagery, folk art, literature and the creative process. I’m obsessed with texture, pattern and colour. I live in the heart of the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset and I find my surrounding keep creeping into my work.
I use various ceramic processes; I throw bottles, press-mould cats, drop-mould dishes, extrude dragons, slab-build vases, tube-line owls and coil dragon eggs. My work often incorporates thin textured slabs of ‘dragon skin’. This dragon skin is created using handmade roulettes, impressed with ankhs, runes, I-Ching hexagrams, stars, suns, leaves and fish, which are incorporated within patterns inspired by Islamic, Celtic and Medieval decoration.
All my work is made from white stoneware clay. I use personally developed barium, potash and nephiline syenite based glazes, coloured with titanium oxide, cobalt and copper carbonate. I often finish work with an additional lustre firing for definition and richness. Other pieces are Raku fired.
After completing a recent course, I have remembered how much I love lino printing for its dramatic, graphic quality. I’m now working on images which work on paper and clay. I’m also enjoying mixing lino printing with ink, watercolour and coloured pencil.