I've been foraging and collecting from the moment I realised that the shells and pebbles found on walks and trips to the seaside were gifts and treasures found in nature itself!
Solace and creativity go hand in hand when growing up in a world where imagination is escape and 'making' is food for the soul. I didn't think of myself as an artist – I was simply inspired by exciting finds and had the desire to create from a sense of playfulness rather than making some kind of a statement. A bird’s nest became a home for my small dolls; grasses were woven to make carpets and twigs assembled to make furniture. Stones and pebbles were painted and decorated into little families or characters from myth and fairytale.
My current work brings together years of professional practice using primarily ceramics and carefully chosen mixed media. I particularly love to use ‘parian’, though like porcelain it can be the most challenging of clays.
From an original piece of artwork I make a two-part plaster mold from which I then hand-build to create sculptural pieces influenced still by nature and imagination. The ceramic decals used on the surface my work are taken from my collection of pressed flowers past and present. Many have been found to my absolute delight when looking through old books from childhood. This connection to the past is so satisfying and I feel brings total authenticity to this body of work.
Prices range from £10-£300. I work from my studio in the beautiful Welland Valley on the Leicestershire Rutland border. I welcome studio visits and my work is also sold in many UK galleries and in selected exhibitions overseas.
Commissioning a piece of work is really exciting – it is a chance to have something made especially for you and an opportunity to really engage in the creative process.
Perhaps you need accessories to go with a particular outfit or a piece of furniture to fit a specific space in your home. We can work with you to design something truly unique. You’ll be able to discuss your ideas, likes and dislikes with the Maker and together create a piece of craft, handmade for you.
This is just a first step, so don't worry, there’ll be plenty of chances to discuss details before finalising a commission.