I have always had a love for handmade and independently designed work, fascinated by the stories behind individually designed and made items.
It seemed a natural progression to return to making, after a stretch of curating and working with artists, makers and designers, and when I found ceramics it seemed to click into place. I completely fell in love with the grounding nature of clay as a way to explore my ideas in a functional and mindful way.
Playing with colour and pattern, and using simple shapes and clean lines, I create one off ceramic jewellery and pots in my studio in Oxford.
Each work is carefully handmade using slab building and carving techniques. Hand coloured clay is inlaid into white porcelain or stoneware, to form patterns embedded within the piece, meaning that no two are the same.
My work is inspired by expanses of sea and sky. Alongside this, the interaction of architecture and the natural world is a constant source of inspiration for me.
It is really important to me as a maker to consider the environmental impact of my work. I love that clay is a natural material, and creates something that can be kept and worn or used forever. I make sure to seek out sustainable products for use in the studio, and when sending my work, all packaging is plastic -free. This is an ongoing process and I am always looking for ways to make changes along the way.
I studied Fine Art Painting at Winchester School of Art, and have worked mostly in photography since graduating fifteen years ago.
Before working with ceramics, I co- founded a curatorial collaborative, organising exhibitions and events for early career artists. I went on to set up the Shop and Gallery at the wonderful Old Fire Station in Oxford, championing and supporting early and mid-career artists, independent designers, and makers. I continued to work on the Visual Arts Programme there until 2016.
Alongside my ceramics practice, I am mum to my two young sons, and work part time with Creative Dementia Arts Network.