The designs were inspired by insects that came into my flat one summer - they remind me of the irrepressible energy of nature and draw attention to the exquisite detail of the small creatures that we share the world with.
The work is made to retain strong traces of the hand making process: throwing spirals from fingers drawing clay up on the wheel, marks on the base from the wire that cut the pot free of the wheel, dents emphasising the soft state of the clay during the making process, and the sloping line of dip in the glaze bucket. My sketches have been printed into on glaze decals which require an extra firing onto the pots. The human energy that is invested in creating the vessel becomes encapsulated in the form
Thrown in stoneware clay, the work is made to be used everyday. the range of mugs, bowls, jugs and dishes will enhance the experience of eating and drinking. All are suitable for the dishwasher but best not used in a microwave.
I started learning to throw at the end of the 1980's while I was at university doing a degree in Chinese Studies. This led on to studying Ceramic Design at the Central Academy of Art and Design in Beijing, and many years later, MA Art and Design at the Sir John Cass School of Art at London Metropolitan University.