I grew up in Northumberland. Influenced by its weathered places: hills, seas or rivers, my sculptural vessels try to capture those feelings of being at one with the eroding landscape and its history.
My workshop is now in rural Norfolk, where I make pots built from coils of clay. The surface patterns occur after smoking the already burnished and fired pots in seaweed or sawdust. Some pots are fumed; others are pit fired in wood. Oxides are added too, these react with the heat of the flames, leaving explosions of colour on the surface of the pots. Having controlled the shape, I love the unpredictability of the emerging markings. The bare, unglazed vessels feel somehow ancient and tactile.
Recently, I’ve been making hidden bird vessels.
The birds are carved into the clay surface. They are barely noticeable, concealed within the natural surface colouring.
Like the landscape of my childhood, my pots are formed by a process of erosion.