I use only clay and smoke. I began working with terra-sigillata with the desire to use the simplest materials and to develop a rich surface with a combination of form and pattern that would be integral to the clay.
My work is thrown and burnished using many layers of a fine terra-sigillata slip with resist and inlay decoration. Colours are achieved by smoke firing. I aim to develop a rich surface integral to the clay that has a feeling of depth, allowing the smoke process to play its essential and unpredictable part. It is the combination of the fundamental and the sophisticated that I find fascinating.
‘The rich, intriguing surface effects do not, like glaze, separate the making and the firing. These are pots which work on the boundaries of primitivism yet are highly sophisticated, they please because they defy definition, they are pots on the edge, a satisfying and intriguing blend of technical skill and creative vision.’ - Emmanuel Cooper OBE, Ceramicist, writer and critic.