I describe myself as a maker of ceramic, but this title does not really cover everything that I do. Clay has its limitations and to fulfil the completion of a design I often have to explore other techniques and materials resulting in mixed media pieces. I love these combinations ... ceramic and metal ... ceramic and wood ... ceramic and glass, but there is always the element of clay and this material will, more often than not, be the foundation of a piece of work. The manipulation of clay in the hand and its response is always an exciting experience, the way it can take any form or texture you chose to express it is like no other material.
My inspiration mainly comes from the natural world - plants, rocks, sand, seeds, textures. Visits to the Inner Hebrides have also had an influence on my work; it is a unique place where all types of weather often happen in one day. Bad weather is dark and dramatic and yet when the sun appears the colours take your breath away. It is not always instant but these things often appear in my work somewhere with texture, shape or glaze.
Some of my sculptural work is fired in an electric kiln, which is fine but it does not satisfy the pyromaniac in me, so I also make work that I can put in the soda kiln and also raku fire, these processes are much more sensory ... you can see the glazes melt, feel the heat of the fire, smell the smoke in the air. It is always unpredictable and becomes addictive. Running raku workshops from Westbury Arts Centre has allowed me to introduce this exciting firing process with lots of other creative people.