Inspiration for my marine pieces started in my early childhood. I was born on the south coast of England and my formative years were often spent on the beach splashing in the sea, collecting shells and dipping into rock pools. I’m still a compulsive beachcomber and hoard collections of pebbles, shells and other natural forms such as seed heads and fossils. These have inspired sculptural pieces, often to grow plants in or over, or to use as water features. My seahorses, sea serpents and fish in rich tones of blue evoke the underwater world. Delicate sea urchin forms complement these shapes in pale shades of white, mauve and turquoise.
The elegant female figures and heads were originally inspired by the geishas in Japanese prints, and the heads and figures of Modigliani, Picasso and Gustav Klimt. These have evolved into more contemporary figures and heads with a hint of attitude. Occasionally I develop an idea from studies of historical costumes, to explore shape, texture and decorative detail.
I work from thin slabs of white or buff stoneware clay bodies, which are sometimes impressed with texture from man-made or natural objects, before cutting, forming and assembling into the finished piece. My methods of cutting and assembling clay are similar to dressmaking and the use of wax resist and surface pattern are related to textile design. Decoration is also added at the completed stage either as applied textured detail or as surface pattern with slips, oxides, resists and glazes. Sometimes beaded jewellery, hat-pins and hair adornments are added after the glaze firing.
The scale of my work varies from robust garden sculptures and planters in warm rustic colours and natural surfaces, to finer, smaller pieces for interior setting, often in a range of whites, purples, blues and turquoises.
My work is fired in an electric n to between 1220ºC and 1280ºC. The high-fired pieces are ideal for being displayed outdoors as well as inside.
Finding my work
I currently have work at the following outlets:
These are my upcoming events. Please see the CV page for details of events past.
Jun 14th – 23rd 2013Tony & Guy, Macclesfield
Jul 26th – 28th 2013Hutton in the Forest, Penrith