After completing a BA in Interior Architecture & Design in 2020 I took up pottery as a creative outlet. The hobby quickly became an obsession and I began volunteering at Oaklands College as a ceramics technician to deepen my technical knowledge of the materials and the making processes. In 2022 I became a Fellow at DAT Letchworth and committed myself fulltime to a disciplined practice of learning, development and exploration.
There is a deep, primal satisfaction in making – using mind & body to create something that is useful, beautiful or delicious. Ceramics is a visceral, full body experience, from a light touch at the fingertips to a full body movement behind the wheel, it is a sensory negotiation with the clay combined with an intellectual comprehension of the materials and the making process.
Making with clay is a unique artistic journey and one that provides many lessons for life. Clay cannot be hurried, it teaches patience. The finishing process follows an ancient set of rules and there is little opportunity to undo what has been done, it teaches us acceptance and forces us to move forward in the practice, never to dwell, only to progress.
My inspiration is taken from the principles of Wabi (humble, solitary, simplistic) and Sabi (tranquillity, thoughtfulness, peace). My daily practice is based on a cycle of refine, reduce, repeat.