Sodium vapour glazing emphasises the marks and rhythms of making, picks out every line. Spouts and lips for pouring, handles to invite lifting and balance, feet for stability and elegance – these are some aspects of looking at function and sharing with others which hold my attention when making pots. My inspiration comes mainly from the natural world around me and the energy in the evolving landscape, celebrating the rhythms and creative forces of the earth and the human body. Drawing, particularly life drawing, is an essential activity for me in the training of my eye and developing my inner sense of form and keeps me thinking about the life in a pot. When I am throwing I often picture the moving, dancing model and try to capture that imagination.
Observing and touching the surface
qualities of such diverse things as the sculpture of Brancusi and Giacometti,
water, sand and stone,
ancient unglazed vessels next to highly glazed ones, the profound inevitability
of the landscape and the drawings of Rembrandt all feel the creative
spirit. Work which concerns itself with the highlighted areas and shadows,
and matt surfaces and textural qualities punctuated by the play of fire
and vapour is what I endeavour to achieve. We are inherently defined
by what we do and what we potters do with clay identifies who we are.
my work as a potter as an active participation in a way of life that
is celebrating the beauty of the world around us and the intimacy of
relationships, enjoyment, caring and warmth. I try to use clay with honesty
and integrity and hope people respond with their hearts.