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My ceramics are functional, handmade, wheel thrown fine porcelain, inspired by my love of mid-century modern design. I am aiming to develop a style that is evocative of that era while sneaking in a touch of my fondness for the British coastline.
Every piece is handmade, wheel thrown porcelain, designed for everyday use in the home. After throwing, each piece is biscuit fired, glazed and then high fired in an electric kiln to 1280 degrees. This means that they are food safe, dishwasher safe, oven proof and stain resistant.
I love the connection that handmade pottery creates. There is a moment on the wheel when I feel the pot is ready, the making moment is captured and kiln fired creating a permanent connection between maker and owner.
Background, Galleries, Exhibitions and Publications
My creative training began at Wimbledon College and then Kingston University with a BA Hons in Illustration and Graphic Design. The foundation course gave me a first, memorable taste of ceramics. I was delighted to win a national award in illustration with the “Benson & Hedges” Gold Awards, presented by Peter Blake.
A career in teaching followed, working with teenagers who had profound & multiple disabilities, at Tadworth Court. When my own children arrived I then took a break but kept the spark going; returning to ceramics under the patient, expert tutoring of Richard Heeley at SCOLA.
My work can always be seen at the [mine] creative space and gallery in Carshalton. In 2014 I joined the London Potters which lead me into my first central London shows in 2014 and 2015 at the Morley Gallery in Lambeth.
My work can also be viewed and bought online from my Etsy shop called By The Line Pottery at By The Line Pottery that was setup in early 2015.
In September 2015 samples of my work were selected by Etsy for inclusion in their New Fall-Winter 2015-2016 Trends flagship showroom in Hamburg for the Etsy Zuhause event, while my salt pots were also featured in the “In the kitchen” section of the very beautiful LandScape magazine.
In late 2015 I was delighted to be commissioned by celebrated, international florists McQueens to produce batches of handmade porcelain vases. This has continued to keep me very busy indeed and I will write more as that project progresses…
In early 2016 I was featured as one of twenty artists in the 20 in 15, Lives of Artists photobook by Bill Mudge. Bill is a very talented photographer who is also a real pleasure to work with (the photos above are all by Bill).
From March to May 2016 my ceramics have been part of the Life Stills exhibition at the truly beautiful Lotte Inch Gallery in York. The gallery is also a stones throw away from the Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA). This exhibition has gone very well and I do hope the relationship with Lotte Inch Gallery will flourish.
In late 2016 my work appeared again at the Lotte Inch Gallery in York (September to October, Shades of Black & White exhibition – alongside prints from David Hockney and Salvador Dali!), Forge 2 Gallery in Culworth and also at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen MAKE 2016 show in Bovey Tracey over the Christmas period.
2017 is looking busy so far and I’m excited to be part of the Dish exhibition at Lotte Inch Gallery (co-curated by chef Tom Kerridge) from 9th March to 6th May. And later this year I’ll be opening my garden studio up for the first time as part of the Carshalton Artists Open Studios weekend at the end of June / start of July. And just recently, one of my salt pots has been dispatched for Country Living USA magazine ..