I am a potter based in North Hampshire and I make decorative and functional stoneware in my wood-fired kiln. Almost all my work is thrown on a wheel and decorated with slips and/or glazes, depending on where in the kiln the pot will be fired. The following ideas are particularly important to my work:
• The vessel as a container, reflected in a fullness of form and a shape which almost demands being held in the hands. A pot which is good to touch and hold is also one which is good to look at, since the eye imagines the touch as it sees.
• The importance of surface complexity. A complex surface draws the eyes in and maintains interest over many viewings.
• A sense of movement and energy. The paradox of conveying movement in a static vessel is one which interests me. A pot with a dynamic form or a surface indicating movement can look lively and energetic.
I have decided to use the current unusual times as an opportunity to develop my work and build my stock.