Following a move to Carmarthenshire in 2004, the landscape of the countryside and coastline motivated me to pursue a career in Ceramics after studying at West Wales School of the Arts in Carmarthen and graduating in 2008 with a First class BA (Hons) in Ceramics. I live and work in the Gwendraeth valley, West Wales and enjoy making a wide variety of work ranging from hand-built sculptural pieces to stoneware thrown vessels in an array of different forms although these days I concentrate mainly on wheel work.
Inspiration and influences come from watching crashing waves against volcanic rocks that push their way up through the sea, crunching the sea foam left behind on sand, looking at barnacles glistening in the sun, peering into the smooth mirrors of rock pools, sitting in sandy bays whilst looking at the amazing colours the sea has to offer and walks along the rugged cliff tops of the coastal path of Pembrokeshire.
I enjoy experimenting with form, lava glazes and reactive slips often comparing patterns and surfaces through multiple firings to compliment the simple forms and clean lines. I like to think of my pots as pieces of art you can hold in your hands, with some of the serenity and peace that I find when walking along the shores and coastal path.
I use mainly stoneware and make various volcanic/lava glazes, barium and deep blue or turquoise glossy glazes.
The firing of the work starts with a bisque firing to 1000/1160C which is followed by a further firing of 1160 or 1240-60 to vitrify the clay. (depending on what type of clay I am using) Subsequent firings are to take on the oxides/multiple glazing to give further colour.
Throwing course with Roger Guy-Young at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, August 2012.
BA Hons. Ceramics. First Class (2004-2008) West Wales School of the Arts, Carmarthenshire.
City & Guilds Craft and Design (1996) St Vincent College, Gosport.
Member of South Wales Potters
My work is in private collections in New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, Canada, Cyprus, Greece, Israel, France, Belgium, Puerto Rico, Russia, Ukraine, France, Switzerland, Brazil, India, Portugal, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Slovenia, USA and the UK.