The two themes of my work are the vessel as a medium for artistic expression and the infinite variations within a natural population.
The history and cultural significance of the vessel are closely allied to the potter’s wheel, my chosen method of making. The magic of pulling a vessel from a lump of clay is linked to the laws of nature; the spinning of the earth that creates day and night and the motion that brings seasonal change.
I see in any natural group, from mountains to pebbles, from fruit to people, similarities that demark a population and variations that illustrate the subtle and obvious changes created by history, hereditary and environment. The human reaction to these variations is of equal significance, a variation, such as a red pebble in a grey group, attracts our interest and we note the difference rather than the similarities.
Within my work I have created small populations of thrown and turned porcelain vessels, each different but each reflecting others in the group. On most of my work I have used vitreous slip to texture and colour the work and glaze to emphasise the difference between the interior and exterior. I have recently started to made vessels from ‘naked’ porcelain and terracotta.
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