My direction in ceramics has been gradually coalescing over the last 25 years. In 2011 I set up my own studio in Surbiton where my work has centred on stoneware sculptures of human heads, portraits of people that exist in another time, in another place.
My current work combines both wheel and hand-building to produce head sculptures that are larger than life, both in size and intensity.
I have an affinity for strong sculptural forms and my favourites – which have influenced my own style – include sculpture by Jacob Epstein, the sublime flowing forms of Umberto Boccioni and the powerful visual impact of European sculptural figures of the 1930s and 40s. These influences are tempered by the reduction of form of African sculptures, the strong simple lines of Assyrian sculpture and relief friezes.
My frost-proof stoneware sculptures are formed from EarthStone crank ES50 fired to a yellow/white heat of 1250°C. Each piece is individually fired twice, spending 4 days in total in the kiln.
The sculptures are imbued with feelings as disparate as joy, quiet introspection, bitterness and spite. They have strong clean lines, simplicity of form and an air of flowing movement combined with a contrasting stillness of presence.