I joined a pottery evening class at Putney art school as a distraction from my demanding job as a nurse but soon became 'hooked'.
After moving to Ross on Wye I continued to study pottery with Andrew McGarva and met and was inspired by Michael Casson. I joined South Wales Potters in the 1980s and have found the support, exchange of skills, joint exhibitions and activities and friendships have been invaluable.
I like traditional ceramics which, for me, has more life and joy than a
lot of more refined ceramics. I was inspired in the 1970s by an exhibition of pre-columbian pottery and was lucky enough more recently to visit Peru and see some wonderful collections of pre-colonial ceramics.
I have also been inspired on my travels by the wildlife of Kenya and particularly of Madagascar and of the Galapagos Islands.
My work has developed out of a lifelong interest in the natural world and the relationship of the living world with it’s environment.
I now concentrate on smaller sculptural pieces and on garden ware in which the natural world is a strong influence and where animal forms often grow out of the pots. My work is not a simple copy of a particular animal but a distillation of the characteristics that
I like to portray movement and balance. But most importantly I like to make things that make me smile.
My work can be found at
'POTTERS' 9 Perry Road, Bristol. 0117 3308445 www.pottersbristol.com
Brewery Arts Trading, Brewery Court Cirencester GL7 1JH 01285 657 181
The Court Cupboard near Abergavenny as part of their "Dishes for Dishes" exhibition.
Is also on show in the third floor foyer of Newport's Museum & Art Gallery, Newport.