I hand build decorative and functional vessels from porcelain flax and paper clays. My treatment of the clay stems from my MA in Multidisciplinary Printmaking during which time I researched combining print methods with ceramics. I was drawn to working on flat clay almost as if it were paper. My aim is now to create ceramic pieces that are still conscious of their connection to paper; the clean straight lines of the forms and the smooth matt surface highlighted by a saturated colour palette.
Whilst I create forms and surfaces that aim to capture the nature of paper, ceramics holds the utmost importance in my work. Working in clay provides an addictively tactile experience both during the making and as a finished piece. I am drawn to the functional and the alchemy in the kiln allows raw clay to develop a purpose. The decoration of my vessels has been distilled from an exploration of the domestic; from the flat chalky panes of colour of the still life paintings of Wayne Thiebaud and Euan Uglow and the descriptive patterns of Henri Matisse's interiors to the textiles and wallpaper of Lucienne Day.