Sustainability in my
art practice 

It is important to me whilst creating new objects in the world to make conscious decisions in terms of sustainability and environmental impact at all stages of making and sending work. This is a work in progress, and I am always looking for ways develop this.

I currently have the following in place:

Energy:

The energy I use to fire my kiln is 100% renewable, coming from sources such as wind, solar and biomass.

When sourcing a kiln, I chose the Eco version, which has energy saving insulation to ensure that the maximum temperature is reached with low electrical connected loads.

Waste:

There is minimal material waste in my making process – any leftover pieces of clay, or anything broken or tested before firing can be reclaimed and used again by soaking and processing the clay by hand. I separate out the different clays I use (including any slabs with coloured clay added) so that these can all be used again in different ways.

Once clay is fired, it is a long- lasting material and I hope that the works I make will be treasured for generations to come.

I have seconds for sale, or use them in the studio so that these go to homes or are put to use, rather than being thrown away.

Materials:

I source reusable or compostable materials for the studio where available, for example reusable sanding pads and compostable wrap for covering slabs if needed.

The packaging I use for sending work is plastic free, recyclable or compostable, and recycled where possible.

I buy my clay and tools as locally as possible, and my clay is produced in the UK.

I am experimenting with making pigments from locally sourced raw clay and mud. My ideal is to have something I produce locally, and to have a complete understanding of the process. I would love to include this in my practice after some development.