I graduated from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire University in 2006 with a Masters degree in Ceramic Design. I exhibited at Origin in the same year and have since set up a workshop in Manchester, where I am still based and make small batch collections for exhibition.
I am a hand builder and currently work with soft slabs. They are decorated with coloured slips and oxides, which are formed by using hump and press moulds. I fire to earthenware temperatures. I use clear and coloured glazes and often use my own ink drawings that have been screen printed as ceramic enamels, as a further layer of decoration.
Drawing is a very important part of my making process. Each piece is unique and my drawings, patterns and colour palettes are informed by everything from fashion to 19th century art, wallpapers, ceramic lustre and Pratt ware, graphic and textile design and my own imagings as well as each new piece I make. I allude to the ideal of 19th century decorative work in my chosen forms, rather than a need to produce working functional tableware.
I am attracted to the work of the artists Robert Rauschenberg, Sigmar Polke, Cy Twombly and more recently Francis Danby, I can always look to them for inspiration on those days in the workshop when the cold air blows from every orifice, my chilblains are playing up and my families idea of helping is to tell me to wear gloves!