I became interested in making pottery at school about 35 years ago, having had an inspirational ceramics teacher called Duncan Ellison. After attending art college in Manchester, and following a year as Artist in Residence at Stowe School, I spent some time working with the potter Andrew McGarva in France. On my return, I set up a small workshop near Wellingborough, where I worked for most of the 1990s.
I moved to the fens in 1997 and I work in a studio just outside Soham, where I have produced domestic pottery, house signs and sculptural work over the years.
I’ve also run evening classes for the last 26 years; firstly in Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire, and currently at Ely College in Cambridgeshire.
Currently I am concentrating on developing raw glazes, using local fen clay as a catalyst to creativity. Most of my current work is made, decorated and glazed before being ‘once-fired’ in a gas kiln and it is made from a robust stoneware clay. I also make raku and smoke fired work. I am planning to build a large wood fired kiln in which to fire my pots.
I have taken part in Cambridge Open Studios as part of the Riverside Arts group in Little Ouse several times and I will be doing the same this year.
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