I work with stoneware and earthenware clays to create a range of largely domestic ware but definitely pots to be handled and used. It gives me great satisfaction to think that something I have made will be used to create and contain dishes or drinks to be enjoyed by other people.
I am influenced by the foods and drinks in my everyday life, from bowls to tankards, jugs to serving dishes. There are also tiles and some more unusual pots such as salt pigs and yarn bowls that have usually originated from commissions.
Decorated with coloured slips (liquid clay), abstract designs complement the form. They are then twice fired, an initial biscuit firing up to 1040°C followed by a glaze firing of either 1140°C (for earthenware) or 1240°C (for stoneware).
The kiln firing takes around twelve hours and then about two days to cool.