I am a ceramic designer and maker working with porcelain and stoneware clays to create simple, imperfect vessels to accompany you in your home. My work is both functional and decorative, made to be used and enjoyed. Each piece is created by hand in my garden studio in Emsworth, on the south coast of England. I work with simple wooden tools, hands and fingers to manipulate the clay, pinching, coiling and slab building, as well as throwing forms on the wheel.
I was born in Yorkshire, but grew up in the south of England, where long summer days were spent rock-pooling and shell collecting. Perhaps unsurprisingly, my work is influenced by coastal life and I feel compelled to interpret nature’s charm through colour and contour. Damp days and wild seas, cotton clouds and mackerel skies have shaped my palette of natural and informal colours. For me they evoke a sense of comfort and familiarity. Simple lines and tactile forms are key elements of my style.
I feel fortunate to be able to practise a craft with thousands of years of history. Ceramic vessels have always combined expression and function, with the artist’s hands literally making an impression on the clay. There is beauty in the handmade, character and uniqueness in every vessel, a connection between the artist's hands yours and in daily use, handmade ceramics are the perfect antidote to the modern, technological world.
Using handmade items in life’s daily rituals can turn something ordinary into something enriching, appealing to the senses and nourishing the soul.
I hope that my ceramics will gently enhance your daily experiences.
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