My work explores the interaction between the land and sea. Fascinated by the ever-changing landscape sculpted by the elements I try to capture this through colour, form and texture.
The inspiration for my work is derived from various aspects; the shoreline, aerial views, rock formations, pools, crags and lines, texture, found objects, erosion and decay.
While travelling I spent many months snorkeling various coral reefs throughout Asia, these have been of dramatic influence along with the sea and its wealth of colour and endless energy. The movement of water obeys the same harmonics, which conditions the growth of shells.
The form of a shell or the curl of a wave, both hold within them the spiral, a symbol found throughout nature, representing movement and regeneration. Further inspiration came from shipwrecks found along the coast, influenced by their structural shape, observing their texture and how the elements have weathered and corroded these materials over time.
My pieces are built by hand with a heavily grogged stoneware clay suitable for both inside and outside. Using mainly the coiling and slab process most are then cut, reshaped and sculpted; adding and removing sections as the piece evolves. This results in a spontaneous and instinctive sculpture, which invites the eye to explore it from all angles, in, around and through.
The colours that I achieve are a result of using a variety of different slips and glazes; the pieces are then multi-fired, building up the textures. The final outcome gives the viewer many different qualities capturing aspects of the coastal environment, land and sea.