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I enjoy the challenge of working with different clay bodies and surface techniques as I explore the seemingly endless possibilities of clay. My work is ever evolving, as I apply new techniques that I discover through workshops and by following the creative journeys of inspiring ceramic artists. I also draw inspiration from nature, architecture and the many manifestations of my life experiences.
My work is largely focused on hand-building and sculptural work. I find the slow, methodically creative manner of these methods particularly satisfying. Using hand-building techniques informed by an architectural style, I use rolled slabs of clay to create functional, 3-dimensional pieces such as planters, vases and boxes. Similarly, my sculptural pieces involve a hand-building process, but these works are focused on creating a visual narrative that invariably invites the viewer to consider their own interpretation of each piece.
Through my intentional choice of materials, form and surface design, I aim to develop pieces that have both visual and tactile intrigue. I primarily work with black clay, as I prefer its raw, silky feel. I also find the high contrast between its iron-ore appearance and colourful glazes particularly stunning. I have recently been experimenting with a broader use of decoration and surface texture to enhance my pieces, which has enabled me to draw on my previous experience with painting and various craft endeavors.