I make thrown and handbuilt forms based on the landscape; informed by the calm tidal creeks and rivers of the south coast of Cornwall, near to where I live in Devoran.
The water margins, reeds, silt and how the tide and man mark the landscape all influence the glazes and colours in my work. The shapes reference traditional industry of the area, past and present; sea trade, clinker-built boats, planks, rock forms and mining. My visit to Japan and the potteries of Mashiko last year were also hugely inspiring.
I graduated in ceramics from Cardiff in 1989 specialising in Raku. I then lived in Kent for 25 years where I was Head of Art at Rochester Independent College. I taught students from year 7 to sixth form and worked in marketing. I continue to work part-time at the college as Director of Arts and Marketing plus I am a part-time Learning and Participation Officer at Leach Pottery and teach pottery at Truro College.
My family moved to Cornwall in 2005 and I set up my own small studio at home. Then, with a group of friends, we created a co-operative of visual artists called Mylor Made and exhibited locally. I have led many community, school, youth and adult ceramics projects.