Photograph by Joanna Rhodes

Photograph by Joanna Rhodes

 

An evolving plethora of skills and ideas are brought together to produce things needing to be touched to prompt a brief moment of existence and connect you to the world. A gift from my hands to yours. A journey through surface texture and mark-making….

I started out wanting to change the world and get to grips with my own experience of existing. This was when I realised that the sense of touch was fundamental to being present and interacting with the world. I make work to be touched as an alternative to the culturally dominant voyeuristic and passive gaze of digital life. To make and create connections.

I let the clay and my sub-conscious guide my pieces and often get lost in the indulgence of the making process. The world is a complicated place so I like to keep things simple. I am fascinated with imperfections and like to relinquish a little control and utilise the properties of the clay. Making work from the earth connects me to it.

My favourite hang-out is the beach and I love walks in the woods. A spiritual connection to the natural world along with a sense of impermanence and the appreciation of the fragility of life. I have always been fascinated with the idea that objects and environments often exist beyond the lifespan of any one person. And every place or space is in constant flux.

Life & influences are inevitably brought into the mix. I connect with my female heritage and dabble with sewing and knitting. I value the beauty of minimalism and identify with concepts of Zen. My aim is to capture a freshness and spontaneity to create work that is constantly developing.

ETHICS

I try to live my life as ethically as possible but I’m not perfect. I recycle, I use eco friendly, biodegradable natural products, I eat organic (when possible), I’m almost vegan (just eggs and a bit of cheese Gromit oh & a bit of honey - I’m getting there). The business side of things is gradually catching-up. I am striving to be as eco-conscious as possible. My jewellery boxes are made from recycled cardboard. I use paper bags and boxes that can be re-used and recycled. I repurpose old furniture & items for displays where possible. I found a great eco printing company for my cards. And I’ve recently purchased an electric hybrid vehicle, reducing my pollution output when delivering or traveling to shows! And I’m saving up for Solar Cells to fire my kiln!