My Story / Statement

In 2004, by accident, having then known little about ceramics or art, I came across a small stoneware bottle made by the late Bill Marshall of the St. Ives pottery. Its understated beauty struck me immediately and sparked a growing interest in ceramics that, 10 years later led me to change from my former profession as a hospital pathologist to a studio ceramicist.

Historically, a divide is often perceived to exist between functional studio pottery and ceramic sculptural art. I have always admired both and consider them ends of a spectrum united by clay and a common aim of expressing beauty as form and surface using the hands directly in the unique way that is only possible with this wonderful material.

I consider the distinction and debate between these two extremes to be artifical and unhelpful. My work aims to bridge this divide and is primarily an exploration of beauty through form, colour and surface. My focus is on the vessel in a broad sense of the word. Some of my pieces evoke the essence of a vessel but a small proportion are also capable of containing with practical purpose. I do not usually make for a stated purpose, as I prefer the idea that owning a work allows one to develop a relationship with it though discovery but a few projects in the forthcoming years will aim to expore form in relation to a few functions that I have a particular interest in, among them the tea caddy and the funerary urn.

My chosen forms and surfaces are a direct attempt to evoke beauty. As the sense of beauty mainly operates subconciously, and is therefore not readily amenable to analysis, I choose not to consciously follow any single tradition or source of inspiration, preferring to allow these to develop subconsciouly. Having done this, I find it interesting how certain features of my surroundings, my home city of London and the ceramic traditions I most admire (those of historic Japan and Korea) emerge in my completed work as subtle subconcious guides.

Timeline

2020   Major studio renovation & kiln build.
2017   City Lit Ceramics Diploma exhibition. New Designers
2015 - 2017  Ceramics Diploma. City Lit. London

2014 - 2015  Ceramics & Design. Kensington & Chelsea College. London

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