The gallery shows an overview of ceramics made during the past number of years whilst working from my studio in the ancient hilltop town of Llantrisant in South Wales.
Most of my work is wheel thrown, burnished and low fired without glaze. I love the effect produced by fire on the smooth clay surface, and my interest in primitive firings is reflected in the form and finish of my pieces.
My most recent pieces, however, uses heavily textured surfaces in juxtaposition with smooth surfaces sometimes glazed or sometimes burnished.
I also enjoy modelling figurative pieces and make miniature textured tiles assembled as clay collages.
My formative years spent in Africa still have a huge influence on my work, and I travel back regularly to find inspiration in the natural beauty of Southern Africa.
I have been working as a studio potter for more than forty years, initially in my country of birth, South Africa, and in Wales in the UK for the past twenty seven years.
My work is mostly thrown on the potters wheel and my interest is in form rather than function. I prefer working with the effects of fire on a burnished, unglazed clay surface and use various types of saggar firings to achieve distinctive colours and effects.
Recent work includes sculptural pieces and tile panels, as well as jewellery.
I regularly exhibit at ceramic fairs in the UK and in South Africa and my work can be found in a number of galleries in Wales and England.
I am a professional member of the British Craft Potters Association and also a member of South Wales Potters and Vale Makers, based in the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan where I Iive.
POTFEST BY THE LAKE
I am very pleased to have been selected again for this Ceramic event taking place in the beautiful grounds of Compton Verney in Warwickshire from 17 to 19th of June. It showcases the best of British Ceramics, and is absolutely worth a visit. I have been making new work for this show, concentrating on texture in clay. Looking forward to be part of an exciting weekend at this fantastic venue.
Lovely to be part of this event taking place in Llantwit Major from 1 - 12 June. The festival refers to the three streams running through the beautiful historic town and is a festival of the arts, with music, literature and art as the main components. I will be showing my ceramic agateware vessels reflecting the inspiring surrounding coastal landscape.
SHOWCASE IN THE OLD HALL, COWBRIDGE
Some of my work will be showcased in the Old Hall, Cowbridge together with work by other members of the Vale Makers. My work will be there for the month of June.