I have always been a creative person and tried my hand at many different crafts over time. However, upon picking up my first block of clay I was transfixed, and my love for ceramics continues to grow.
My style is realism, without a doubt. If it doesn’t have enough detail to look authentic then I don’t feel I have created a piece with enough passion. I love to make functional objects with a twist. Items people can admire in their home or wear and still be a decorative part of every day life.
I’m largely inspired by three main factors:
- My love of yoga and the positive energy surrounding the practice. I channel the feelings of well-being and calm that arise whilst meditating and practising yoga and replicate them using a variety of glazes in a painterly style on my pieces.
- The forms and textures of nature, specifically British woodlands. Having lived at the foot of the Chiltern Hills for most of my life, I am greatly inspired by the landscape and countryside hedgerows. Since a child I have walked in the woods and could often be found laying amongst the leaves on the woodland floor staring at ferns, mushrooms and mosses. I try to replicate the beauty of trees and living woodlands in my pieces.
- The wonders of the ocean. The shapes and patterns created by the ocean have been a constant source of inspiration. I am in awe of the beauty of the sea and the many faces it presents. Specifically, I love to sculpt octopuses. They are just such magical and intelligent creatures and a great inspiration to me, a reflection of the mystery and secrets that lie beneath the waves.