I create hand built, coiled vessels representing the mind or body; finished with Oxidation or Raku firing. Deepening the discourse within my vessels, exploring the human condition, whilst living with chronic pain, the varying perspectives that come with it.
Key influences within the core themes of my work include Brutalist architecture and its inclinations towards geometric shapes, varied surfaces and strong lines, the phenomenological experience when interacting with an object and Formalist values of line, shape, colour and texture; alongside elements of Plato’s theory of Form. I want people to experience and respond to the metaphoric representations that I produce on how I experience the world.
I had stop making, that was hard. It took a long time to adjust to life whilst suffering with these conditions and to have the energy to face the studio. New limitation and challenges meant total change in my making process. Prior to falling ill, I’d slip cast my work, heavy moulds filled with slip, now much too heavy for me to move empty let alone full. With great encouragement and support I started back with fierce determination to simply make in clay any way I could. Before, I would create thinly cast forms, now with the changes hand built coiled vessel that emits the strength that I had lost, the impact of being chronically ill has influenced the design, forms and finish that I produce. Making was my therapy.
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