I discovered clay on a week's International Summer School at Ridge Pottery back in 1977. For a long time my appetite for pottery was fed only by annual visits (of increasing length) to Ridge Pottery, including having the opportunity to prepare clay, mix glazes and fire wood kilns. Douglas and Jennie Phillips' way of working, in harmony with the land and the forms they make was and is an inspiration and informs my pottery today.
Eventually I set up a small workshop at home and began to develop my own style and way of working. To begin with the work had to be fitted into the school holidays but eventually I moved to teaching part time and began making enough work to start selling. Later still I gave up teaching altogether and am now able to work full time as an artist.
My affinity for clay has continued. I love to throw containers in the form of tableware, where the organic shape of a wheel-thrown pot becomes the right shape for the desired function. My decoration, too, tends to be fluid and often relies on variations in the thickness of the decorating glaze or oxides to give character.
I hope my pots will make people happy.