My ceramic work is
wheel thrown and altered using stoneware and porcelain clays, recent work
is also slab built. Forms seek to utilise and respond to the malleability
of the material and work is altered and assembled while still wet. Current
work includes bottles, jugs, vases, platters and bowls and sculptural
The work is wood fired to 1400 degrees centigrade in an anagama kiln,
for three to five days. There is no wall separating the fire from the
work and through the duration of the firing the ash from the fire lands
on the pots and at top temperature this ash melts to form a natural ash
glaze. Only a small proportion of my work is conventionally glazed with
glazes modified again to respond to the atmosphere within the firing chamber.
The majority of work relies on the interaction between ash, clay and fire.
The stoneware clays and porcelains that I use have been developed to take
advantage of the duration and the heat of the firing, they respond to
the flame and the atmosphere generated within the kiln. The final pieces
are a record of the passage of fire.