I exist to keep a craft alive. I want to make customers lives better by providing the use of bespoke hand crafted pieces that can be used everyday!
As a Potter I enjoy the freedom clay offers you. Both with form and the excitement achieved in the firing process; and making beautiful pieces that people can use everyday, not just keep for a special occasion.
Over the years I have explored many making techniques, but always get drawn back to the immediacy that wheel offers. Having learnt from incredible potters such as Steve Sheridan, Magdelene Odundo and Gareth Mason, I've learnt from some of the best in the business and have the drive to keep learning every day. I have played with different glazes and firing techniques, but have predominantly settled on reduction fired celadon, with copper overspray. You’ll recognise this if you take a look at all my pieces in the shop. I love the array of colours offered and the unpredictability each time you open the kiln door - the 11 year old pyromaniac in me is always excited by the reduction process!
I love the versatility that clay allows me - everyday comes with new experimentations, challenges and surprises even after 25 years. Each and everyday is a challenge to improve - both my own skills and my customers lives. I believe that my pieces should be used in everyday life, bringing beauty to the breakfast table rather than collecting dust. Each and every piece is handmade and individual - never mass produced.
Much of my influence is drawn from the coast line and the sea, from the array of colours offered at different times of day to the soft pebbles washed up along the coastline. More recently I’ve been using the sea glass found around my home on the North Devon coastlines. The sea glass brings fantastic bursts of colour to the bottom of bowls and plates - adding to the total uniqueness of each and every piece.
2012 - The Art Store, Barnstaple
2012 - Art Trek, North Devon
2012 - Appledore Arts Fair, Devon
2012 - MAKE, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey
2013 - Echo Beach, Illfracombe
2013 - Oyster Catcher, Croyde
EXHIBITIONS & ACHIEVEMENTS
1994 - Don Potter Craft Prize, Bryanston School
2001 - Gallery 27, Cork Street, London (Degree Show)
2002-2004 - Farnham Pottery
2009-2011 - The JC Gallery, Braunton
2011 - Church House Design, Congresbury
2011 - New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
2012 - Little House of Art, Glastonbury
Offshore Blooms, Braunton, North Devon
Jill Rousseau Gallery, Bideford, North Devon