Thrown and reduction-fired stoneware is my preferred medium and most of my work is wood-fired, using salt/soda glazing. I usually fire my kiln twice a year. Each firing contains some repeats of successful pieces but also a substantial number of experimental pots, in which I try out a new form or a different glaze or decorative technique. I have always focused on functional or decorative vessel forms which I decorate with slips and/or glazes, depending on where in the kiln the pot will be fired.
The development of my work has been focused on three priorities:
- The idea of the vessel as a container, reflected in a fullness of form and a shape which almost demands being held in the hands.
- The importance of surface complexity. A complex surface draws the eyes in and maintains interest over many viewings.
- A sense of movement and energy. The paradox of conveying movement in a static vessel interests me.
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