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I make decorative low fired ceramics in my Nottingham City Centre studio using a variety of clays and techniques.
My bowl forms are made by pouring liquid white earthenware clay or smoothing flat sheets of black stoneware clay into handmade plaster moulds. After removing them from the moulds I scrape and smooth the work with tools and apply white slip to areas of the black clay pieces.
Following an initial biscuit firing to 1000I apply metal oxides to the white earthenware pieces to achieve a speckly effect, and then dip, pour and brush on a variety of glazes to create a range of intense colours and tactile surfaces, including vibrant matt turquoise and purple barium glazes and textured 'crawl' glazes, so called because the glaze pulls or 'crawls' away from the clay surface as it heats up in my electric kiln to around 1050creating the decorative effect.
Inspiration for my work comes from myriad influences found in the natural world including rocks and minerals, birds' eggs, and aged, weathered surfaces.