One thing above all others has been the inspiration and drive behind my work in recent years - empathy. It is the special element of the human spirit that delves deep and recognizes trauma, damage, pain, fear, insecurity, all manner of hidden disabilities, in others. Empathy forges connections. It doesn’t burn bridges, it builds them.
Serious illness led me to explore creatively the ways empathy could translate into shape and form to illustrate how apparent strength can be balancing on a knife edge, teetering on the brink or even bubbling over in times of crisis.
My work is also influenced by my industrial roots......the volcanic power and heat of the steel works where my grandfather toiled, the mechanical and munitions engineering skills of my father and even my own passion for brutalist architecture all emerge in the shapes, shadows and hues of my ceramics. Softness and sensitivity combine with hard angles and brute force in the work.
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