I have always had an interest in Art and Design. I studied it at school and college, then went on to study Design at Liverpool Hope University. When applying for university I was unsure of what I wanted to specialise in, I chose a course which allowed me to continue a mixture of subjects, metal, woodwork, textiles and ceramics. Although I had worked with clay before at school and college it wasn’t until university that I began to really enjoy clay work and the different processes. I was able to do some work experience at Southport College as a ceramics technician during my time at university. My dad is Potter too. I was always interested in his works of art he brought home from his night classes when I was younger.
Since University I continued to attend pottery classes at the college, at Southport Ceramics Studio and Clayworks.
I was given opportunities to help at events, workshops and then offered a job running pottery classes for beginners at the Atkinson on behalf of Southport Ceramics Studio, run workshops at Baltic Clay and run workshops at The Blue Coat with the members of the Blue Room.
I love to travel, I worked as a ceramics instructor in summer camps for children in America and Canada. I then worked in a pottery studio in Nova Scotia for six months.
Working with people is something I really enjoy, I work as a creative arts support worker, where I like to explore a variety of creative techniques. I am also a pottery instructor and technician at Clayworks. It’s great to learn more and share skills with others.
My ideas sometimes come from a sketch or just from an idea in my head, but generally I like to adapt my ceramics as I’m working on a piece, removing, building up, changing the shape, that’s part of it that makes it exciting. Although I do find taking notes in pottery is very useful. The glazing process excites me too, always an element of surprise. I like to experiment with hand building techniques and add on to slip cast forms. I love to use a mixture of clays and processes. I like the contrast of the clay and the glaze. I enjoy patterns, shapes, textures, organic forms and the subtlety and sensuality of curves.