Background, inspiration & technique
I studied Fashion & Textile design at Loughborough University and graduated with a 2:1 BA (Hons) Degree.
I then worked for 18 years as a commercial textile designer and trend forecaster, working with many companies including Marks & Spencer, Next, Victoria's Secret, Adidas, Nike, Landrover & VW.
I started to work with clay around 10years ago and began creating and selling my ceramics as a full time occupation in 2011.
I work from a small pottery located in an outbuilding down the bottom of my garden in beautiful Derbyshire.
I create atmospheric porcelain wall art, decorative vessels and contemporary ceramic jewellery.
My work is inspired by the sketches and photographs I make of the British countryside, coast, flora and fauna. The rolling hills, forests and farmland of Derbyshire, surrounding my home feature strongly in my work.
To produce my wall panels and vessels I firstly draw the image with linear and textural detail into the soft porcelain. Each image is drawn free hand into the clay so each piece is unique. The vessels are then hand built from the decorated panels. Once dry the pieces are bisque fired, then colour and contrast is achieved through the careful application of oxides, stains, glazes and resist. Once fired to 1250 degrees, ink is applied to bring out the beauty and delicacy of the crackle glaze.
At the beginning of October 2018 my husband Terry (also a potter) and myself opened our first studio/gallery - hotHouse ceramics - at Sudbury Shopping Courtyard, Main Road, Sudbury, South Derbyshire DE6 5HS. We both now make our work there and also have a large selection of our work on display and for sale, we open Tuesday to Sunday 10am until 4pm.