The focus of my work as a contemporary ceramic artist has been the compelling materiality of the clay and my connection to it. Clay is a beautiful substance with which to work, malleable, compliant and sensual. It possesses a will of its own and so the process between maker and clay becomes a conversation, an intimate dialogue. To completely immerse oneself in making by hand is a very human and enormously gratifying and valuable experience.
My latest body of work explores the processes of Nerikomi and Kintsugi for the creation of unique and decorative ceramic objects. Nerikomi focuses full attention on the manipulated porcelain clay. Coloured with stains and oxides, and using hand-building techniques, patterns are created within the material. Kintsugi, embraces the imperfections that can occur during the processes involved in the construction and firing. My fascination with both techniques is not only that the clay and pattern combine to become the material of the object, but also, the true character and materiality of the clay can be exploited and brought to centre stage. When manipulated, the plasticity of the clay encourages movement, forming naturally soft lines, which appear to drift in and out of focus within the designs. Kintsugi becomes a precious scar, reminding us that strength and beauty exists in fragility.
The Mint Gallery - 2 North Terrace Kensington London SW3 has a collection of works from emerging artists which was launched during London Design Week. Four of my large Nerikomi bowls are in the gallery.