MY CERAMICS JOURNEY
How evening classes became a passion for sculpture
In 2014 I started pottery classes at my local Adult Education centre in Guildford. I handbuilt vessels and decorated them with sgraffitto techniques. I ventured into the unpredictable world of glazing and developed my throwing skills.Then in 2015 I took a course in animal sculpture at the wonderful Phoenix Studio and was hooked. I enjoyed the challenge of observing a subject to create a form that looks right from every angle. More than anything, I loved the feeling of malleable, fudgy clay under my fingertips. After that, I never stopped sculpting. It’s better than therapy!
Pale and interesting
I’ve fallen in love with clay sculpture and my pieces focus mainly on the human form. I work in light-coloured stoneware clays fired to earthenware for a pale, matte finish, but I also enjoy the challenges of porcelain. My style is simple and I enjoy exaggerating features to create a sense of character.
Portraits and their stories
My recent ‘100 heads’ project explored the theme of identity through portrait sculpture. I created a series of small clay heads that fitted in the palm of my hand.
I’ve also been working on larger figurative sculptures: female and male torsos, in a light cream stoneware clay and in porcelain. I’ve found these projects really useful to improve my observational skills.