INSPIRED BY CLAY
When my children started full time school I decided to have a day to myself and enrolled in a one day a week clay workshop at Portsmouth University. Unfortunately, before the year was out the course was shut down, but by that time, I was already hooked on the material and years later and a BA in Fine Art from Chichester University under my belt I am still completely absorbed by the magic of ceramics.
Having lived in Southsea for more than 30 years, I am delighted to now be working from my new studio, Studio 12, which is set within the historic 'Hotwalls' Old Portsmouth sea defence walls.
Inspiration for most of my work stems from seeing nature’s abiding ability for metamorphosis and the way that everything is eventually claimed back and given new form. I am a regular walker of the South Downs and Southsea Seafront with my dog so the seasonal transformations and changing weather can’t do anything but inspire.
My current work reflects the symbiotic relationship that creates lichen. We are very fortunate that the trees here in Southsea and along the South Coast are covered in a multi -coloured and diverse collection of lichens reflecting the good quality air.