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In a past life I trained as commercial interior designer but was always craving to be making and jokingly said that I wanted to 'run off and become a potter!' My first real contact with clay came when attending evening classes in pottery and life drawing, this lead to combining the two by joining the ceramic sculpture course at Aylesbury College, taught by Megan Di Girolamo and Tony Southwell.
Initially I was making figurative sculptures, but soon became interested in organic and growing forms, which is still my main source of inspiration today.
Glazes still seem a bit of a mystery to me and much of my work uses the clay body colour as part of the design. The majority of my work is made from stoneware clay that is high fired meaning that it can be placed outside all year.
In 2002 I was given the opportunity to teach a few pottery classes at Artworks MK through the Adults Continuing Education programme which lead to running classes of my own. I now teach three classes a week, one being for more advanced students.
I also help to run regular summer raku workshops with Mark Compton at Westbury Farm, Milton Keynes, which are fantastic fun and bring out my inner pyromaniac. We are always on the lookout for new techniques and at the moment we are experimenting with the Obvara method of raku.
As well as working in my studio, I attend the open studio sessions at Queens Park Art Centre and am a member of the Bicester Sculpture Group where there is the opportunity to exhibit and experiment with different sculpture techniques - wood carving, mould making, casting and metal work. Working with metal and welding has created the opportunity of making mixed media pieces, which has opened up a new direction of work. This is a new chapter for me and one that I am very excited about.
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