Living in one of the most beautiful areas of Cornwall affords endless inspiration and I am currently enjoying making a series of Cornish storm pots which have an abstract style of decoration with rough textures and layers of colour applied in a painterly style evoking a sense of drama experienced in a storm by the coast.
Clay from a local quarry on the north Cornish cliffs is wedged to get rid of air bubbles and is then centered on the wheel
Growing up around St Ives, Cornwall within a creative family I was inspired to make art, spending hours sketching the landscape and painting.
In my late teens, however, I moved to Devon and pursued different careers, not picking up a pencil or paintbrush for twenty years! When my children were really little I started crafting and painting porcelain but always felt like I was cheating as I hadn't made the whole item from scratch!
I returned to live in the St Ives area with my family in 2010 and was re-inspired to further my creativity and spent another few years trying to find my artists' 'voice'.
Jumping at the opportunity to study throwing techniques with local master potter and all-round good chap, Adrian Brough, I quickly realised I could utilise favoured techniques in painting, printing and pattern-making in a 3-dimensional format.
My first bowl
I was hooked!! Two traditional Leach kick wheels, a kiln and a studio full of paintbrushes and pottery paraphernalia later, I can see no end to this obsession!