British handmade porcelain Inspired by nature - interpreted by me
Hello and welcome to my website.
I am a British trained artist/designer/maker specialising in ceramics creating high quality, decorative porcelain ware. The contemporary vessels, bowls and jewellery with their distinctive organic style, some of which are embellished with coloured volcanic glaze are handmade in my Leicestershire studio.
Inspired by nature particularly seascapes each piece is unique and has its own character. The beautiful lines and shapes of shells, water, barnacles and plants offer a unique story for me to interpret as an artist. The delicate translucent work reflects the strength and fragility of the human spirit.
I use photography to capture moments and revisit images. From here pencil, ink drawings and watercolours develop and enable me to express creativity in design. These expressions are then translated in clay through shape by hand carving, hand polishing and the use of volcanic glazes.
Technical information - Design, cast, create, first firing, polish, carve, application of volcanic glaze, second firing, polish.
The process is slip casting. The material is porcelain slip (historically known as liquid gold). which is notoriously difficult to work with, each piece being different. The aim is to achieve maximum translucency then to push the design of the piece further by careful hand carving and high quality finishing.
The work is kiln fired at least twice up to 1300 degrees c. and polished several times between firings. This helps to achieve the uniqueness of sea shells and highlights the beautiful natural distortions given to each piece by the heat of the kiln. Every piece undergoes approximately 22 hours in the kiln and has my makers mark. The highly polished tactile surface imparts a soothing tranquil feeling. The roundness of the shapes suggests a softness and yet the finished product is as strong and yet as delicate as glass.
Contact and future events. Please see 'Events & CV' at the top of this page for forth coming shows, exhibitions and galleries.
Commissions. If you are collecting or looking for that unique gift either for yourself or for someone else please contact me at; firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message 0116-267-4824. All your details are confidential.