Tuesday, 18 September 2018

A great time with everyone from the Hampshire and Berkshire Guild at Stockbridge for this years Explore Making event.

Some lovely work, including 'Lightening Strike' by Nick Barberton, shown above with two jugs by Julie Ayton. I could not resist an Emily Myers vase, that came home with me...

A recent piece of mine - 'Second Time' (h28), that found a new home!

Thursday, 7 June 2018

More with the full form that
has appealed to me recently.

above 'Coffee' (h19cm)
I used dried coffee granules in the
smoke firing, and although I did not
really know how much of an effect they
had, I was very pleased with this one
after cleaning off the ashes.

left and below  'Stratum' (h23cm)
With a dark base balanced by the dark
opening and strong layered markings
this burnished piece stood out.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

A recent piece of work out of the smoke

Saturday, 18 November 2017

In Stockbridge last weekend,
I introduced my small hand held
sculptures, beyond the studio walls,
for the first time.

These are tactile ceramic discs and
I am playing with different textures
and finishes, some rough, some
smooth, and also seeing how they
relate together in groups. I am drawn
to frequently turn and rearrange
them, like playing with pebbles
on a beach.

Hampshire & Berkshire 
Guild of Craftsmen

Friday, 3 November 2017

This installation was a joy to work on with Carolyn Marr.
We have used locally-found materials - including river grit, peat,
bracken and heather - combined with clay to create a series of
artworks tailor-made for this gem of a gallery
tucked under Tindale Fell, near Hallbankgate.

The gallery is roughly 20 minutes' walk from the
car park and there is disabled access.

Linescapes is continuing at
RSPB Geltsdale's gallery in the North Pennines Cumbria,
until 28th November 2017.

You can find the RSPB blog post about the show here

Small rock like work made
using crank clay
with oxides and sea glass

Detail from a work using
locally found peat on paper.

Cabinet of Curiosities
A mix of sculptural ceramics and
objects found during a walk on the fell.

Monday, 17 July 2017

I am preparing work for Ground 4, an exhibition at the 
disused mine they produce an iron ore pigment, Egremont, 
which I am using to make a slip. So far I am pleased 
with the results, adding a warmth to the work. 

9th September - 28th October 2017

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

A few memories of last week taking
a 'hand building and smoke firing'
ceramics course at Sylph Baier's
wonderful Moulin near Bergerac,
South West France.

The local village Restaurant gave
us a break in the heat of the day with
a three course meal on the menu.
Sylph looked after us all well with
copious amounts of cake and
cooling drinks. If you get the
chance, take a look at Sylphs
throwing courses that she runs
at the Moulin.
Working outside, with the sound of the trees in
the breeze and the stream in the valley,
made for a relaxing and productive time
without the usual distractions.