Whilst studying for my BA in Ceramic Design at Central Saint Martins in London, I developed a deep-rooted passion for both sculptural and functional ceramics. Prior to graduating I spent a summer studying Renaissance Sculpture in Florence. The course focused on portraiture and the figure. I gained a thorough understanding of dimension and form and learnt the techniques needed to very precisely sculpt the human form. Once I had this grounding in classical work I could draw from it and play with it. Developing my own ideas allowed my work to become abstract and often surreal.
My work is inspired by archaeology, primitive carvings and depictions of the figure in different cultures. Mythology and its relationship to clay and the figure also help shape themes in my work creating mysterious and often uncanny pieces. The British Museum is my sanctuary with hidden treasures; every time I go I find something new to inspire and encourage new ideas.
My works tends to balance between themes both contemporary and primordial. I draw on many different techniques, philosophies and theories, and am always looking for new inspiration. For me, form and surface come hand in hand, a piece cannot be complete until it has both. When I work, the carved and pinched, coiled and thrown pieces create textural and visual qualities that are very clearly handmade. Rustic, mat glazes add to this idea of something found, or unearthed. Each piece is made with thought and passion.
My pieces are displayed and sold by Maud and Mabel, a shop specialising in ceramics hidden in the Hampstead Antique Emporium at the Heart of Hampstead Heath. Supporting ceramicists such as Akiko Hirai, Maria de Haan and Chris Keenan there are always treasures to be discovered. Please do pop in and immerse yourself in the incredible world of ceramics.