I have returned to working with clay over the past ten years after taking early retirement for health reasons. Work and raising a family kept me too busy to follow my dream but I have returned to my first love now.
I have loved the feel of creating with clay since the first time I touched it way back in 1963 (I must have been a mud pie child) and I am able to indulge myself now by using it in all sorts of ways.
I am primarily a figurative sculptor making portraits of people or animals. As well as getting a good likeness of a person I endeavour to make the portrait “live” by capturing those fleeting expressions that make a person unique.
I also try to do something similar when making animal sculpture; it’s not enough to just produce a likeness, it has to be a little quirky as well. I like them to look as though they are about to move off somewhere else and if they make people smile so much the better. I have strayed into the realm of fantasy animals lately, inspired by the science fiction I love to read.
I am moving into a new field of work by creating coil or slab built sculpture for the home or garden. I am particularly interested in the surface of the pieces, creating textures with layered coloured slips and glazes and/or impressed marks and added clay. These vary in size from 6 inches to whatever I can fit in my kiln.
1946 Born Lowestoft, Suffolk
1967 Certificate of Education, Trent Park College of Education
1970 City and Guilds Diploma in Dressmaking and Pattern Cutting
1997 NCFE part 1 Practical craft skills
1998 NCFE part 2 Practical Craft Skills
2009 BA (Hons.) Applied Art, (ceramics) Glyndwr University