I did my ceramics training in the early 1990s, and then set up my first studio initially working in earthenware.
After a year or so, I began teaching evening classes, and continued teaching for several years. In the meantime I bought a second hand gas kiln, learned to reduction fire stoneware, and began my interest in ash glazes.
In 2002 there was a move to a larger workshop, with a more capacious gas kiln, and then in 2009 the family moved to France, and eventually bought a house with a very large studio. I taught two classes a week, and held raku workshops twice yearly over the following ten years.
During this period I went to several exhibitions in London of abstract expressionist painters, and was really bowled over by the spontaneity and colour. From then on I have tried to bring some of that same immediacy and movement into my ceramic work. I now work with porcelain as that gives me such a luminous background for my painting with layers of ash glazes that melt in the kiln to produce subtle colour variations.
In France I have exhibited widely at potters markets. In the UK, now that I have a house in Headington, I have exhibited in my small workshop there for Oxfordshire Artweeks, and in 2019 I exhibited at Art inClay Hatfield. In 2020 I had been selected for Art in Clay Hatfield, Celebrating Ceramics and Art in Clay Farnham, all of which were cancelled due to Covid19.