I was born and brought up by the sea in the beautiful county of Devon. Coastal geography and my local rural environment are important issues to me and these themes are always somewhere to be seen in my work
I worked in broadcast television for over 30 years as an editor, director and independent producer. I retired in 2015 returning to full time education studying art and ceramics, gaining a first class BA (Hons) in ceramics at Cardiff Met. University
I now live and work at my studio in the small Oxfordshire village of Fernham.
Inspiration for Cuerda Seca Sand and Sea is taken from several influences: the works of Marianne de Trey and Bryan Newman, the progressive period of the 1960’s and 70’s; and the coastal regions of Devon and Cornwall.
My investigations have led me to a rewarding aesthetic which speaks of waves in motion through gestural application, reminiscent of abstract expressionism. These functional forms all have a post war sensibility about them, I acknowledge truth to materials which imparts the geology and landscapes such as beach giving the sentiment of sea and sand.
Reflecting on the period of great progressive innovation and growth of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s , I have investigated aesthetics and techniques to exhibit a diverse and dynamic mimetic of star fields imparting technology, the space race, and this greatest period of creative diversity: the 1960’s and 70’s. The work’s influences are rooted in this progressive period of modernism with research into the great work of post war Hungarian and West German ceramicists.
My recent work has been concerned with the environment and time of my youth; exploring forms and glazes to reflect times of great change and innovation and also the coastal beauty of where I was brought up and also man’s impact on that environment.
With my new body of work, “White Horse Terrain”, I am still focussing on the beauty of the environment but in the context of its importance to a sense of identity and belonging relating to my present life.
I was bought up on the rural coast of Devon during the time of great social economic and technical change; the 1950’s 60’s and 70’s. We have again reached a seminal moment in the history of man - the threat to the existence of marine life and habitat due to scientific and technical invention of plastics and pollutants.
My body of work entitled “Autobiographical Coast” considers the time and beauty of the environment where I was raised, using clay bodies and mimetic glazes to convey the raw energy and dynamism of the coast. I have employed various techniques and involved different genres, exploring functional forms through the language of sculpture, to the development of glazes to encourage and engage with thoughts of rural coastlines and marine life.
The result is a balance held between two forces, the power of the ocean and man’s relationship and impact on it through geometric and technical interventions.