I ‘invent’ my sculptural, floral ceramics from memories of real plants. In developing my own gardens over the years I have a good understanding of plants and their forms. In my studio there is very little ‘equipment’ and every element of my work is made by hand, including the application of each individual petal, which all bear my fingerprint.
My hands are my most important tool and I am in constant contact with the clay. There is a rawness to the unglazed surface that I’ve really responded to.
My current work focuses on making larger scale pieces, in porcelain, that are complicated and risky to create but when successful create a huge statement in the room. I love my garden and through the dark winter months yearn to be outside, these sculptures are a way of bringing the outside in and giving a permanence to otherwise ephemeral natural forms.