I was brought up in rural Kent, attended the foundation course at Medway College of Art and Design, and studied Fine Art (painting) at the Central School of Art. After a year I escaped London in search of hard work and travel. I found both and in time I was drawn towards ceramics in a bid to make “practical art” (and a living).
For the next three years I worked with Alan Caiger-Smith and his team at Aldermaston Pottery in Berkshire and this experience proved invaluable. Then, in 1986, after some months researching designs and painting watercolours in the Lake District, I set up my own pottery at my kind parents’ in Trottiscliffe, Kent.
In September 1987 I moved to Somerset and established my studio in Milverton. I moved to larger premises in Hemyock in May 1992 and in December 1998 expanded once again into my present workshop in the rural setting of the Blackdown Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty, only 12 miles from Taunton.
I produce a wide range of domestic ware, one-off commemorative pieces and increasingly tiles, including murals to order. All the work is functional and intended to enhance everyday life.
I throw all the pots on an electric Alsager wheel in majolica clay from San Sepolcro. When fully dry the pots are slowly bisc fired to 1080°C in one of my two Cromartie electric kilns, then dipped in an opaque creamy white tin-glaze. After another day drying out, each pot is individually painted on a banding-wheel, using handmade sable brushes with pigments and oxides. The overnight glaze-firing needs careful watching in the final stages to reach 1060°C by gently “soaking” for several hours.
I use combinations of eight colours across my wide range of ware (the harshness of pure copper and cobalt oxides tempered with a little ilmenite).
You are welcome to visit me at my workshop but please contact me first to arrange an appointment.