After training as a painter at Leeds College of Art and a career in art education I found myself drawn to ceramics. In 1991 I completed the excellent ceramics BTEC at Harrogate College, gaining a distinction. I immediately set up a workshop in Richmond, North Yorkshire, and joined The Northern Potters Association. I served on the NPA Committee until 1995. My work revolved around making pots, taking part in exhibitions and selling through several galleries. After a move to York in 1996 I established a new workshop, and exhibit and sell work, which continues to develop and excite me. The initial inspiration for forms and themes is Ocean Life - it's moods, colours and textures. I also want to make work that is handled and used in the home, combining the practical and aesthetic.
I love the soft forming qualities of clay thrown on the wheel, therefore most work is thrown in white stoneware clay which has strength and durability. Work includes a range of bowls, platters, jugs, spoons,and candlesticks in a variety of sizes. Coloured clay slips and sprigs are applied to enhance the work and in the final high firing (1280°c) the slips move through and melt into the dolomite/titanium glaze creating rich subtle surfaces. A clear glaze applied as a second layer to some areas develops another range of colours, further enriching the form.