I have always been creative, I can’t remember I time in my life when I have not drawn, painted or made things. My father always encouraged me, his mantra of “there is no such thing as can’t” has stayed with me. I believe there isn’t anything you can’t do if you want to do it enough.
I have worked in many different mediums over the years, I love drawing and photography but it wasn’t until I got a chance to do an evening class in ceramics that I found the medium that really worked for me. I had the good fortune to meet Doug & Suzie Marsh and spent a few weeks one summer at their workshop slip casting Suzie’s sculptures during the day and then being taught to throw by Doug at the end of the day. I went on to study ceramics at Plymouth College of Art & Design as a mature student. This was a real turning point for me, I fell in love with clay. Working in three dimensions came naturally to me. I knew I wanted to be a potter and I was determined to learn the trade. Looking back now I can see that art college was not the best place to learn the trade. An apprenticeship would have worked much better for me. Thats not to say art college didn’t have its benefits. Being able to experiment without financial pressures was a fantastic experience.
That was more than twenty years ago, I still love throwing pots as much now as I did then. I have recently discovered a passion for stone carving and would like to spend more time developing that.
I try to take a camera with me whenever I go out for a walk, you never know when a good shot is going to present itself.
Recently I have started to develop my drawing skills and have had some success with pen and ink drawing. I shade only using dots, building up shades and textures slowly. It’s nice to spend time in the house at the drawing board instead of outside in the isolation of the workshop. Though keeping Neutrino our cat off the drawing board while I’m working can be a little trying at times.
You can find me on Facebook where you can see whats going on in the pottery