The pots I make are inspired by those from the ancient Japanese kilns of Bizen and Shiguraki. They are filtered through my personal response to the processes of building with clay, combined with a modern aesthetic.
As an urban potter without access to an Anagama kiln or local mineral rich local clays, I set about finding an alternative that would give me the results I desired. Clays of natural colours which record their time in the kiln with flashes of colour and changes to their texture.
I hand build my work leaving the spontaneous mark making that comes from the process of working quickly, to capture the softness and fluidity of movement and intuitive decision making that comes from making pots on the wheel.
My work is then once fired in saggars – sealed ceramic boxes – to which seaweed and seashells have been added. These I gather on my local beaches after high tides and storms have brought fresh ‘tangles’ up onto the beach. The shells are oyster shells, which have crinkly edges. These serve to prevent the pots sticking to each other. Whitstable where I now live and work has been famous for it’s oysters since Roman times, so their shells are always somewhere on the beach even if they take a little hunting for.
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