H24cm W82cm D44cm
Pleasure in the utilitarian is an unwavering priority in the design and execution of my vessels.
To work with clay is to work in close harmony with nature. The constantly changing relationship of air and water with the malleable quality of clay determines what can be achieved in the process of making. The clay itself is an ancient piece of earth that has formed over millions of years of weathering. My appreciation of the age of this earth is strongest is on remote beaches where the ocean mingles with the land. The ebb and flow of the tide sculpts delicate patterns in the sand and delivers a wondrous array of splendid objects onto the shore. Ancient rocks are washed by the sea and are embedded in the sand. I have long admired the patterns and forms of shells, sand and stones found on coastlines and this admiration has informed much of my work. I have carved sand patterns into porcelain saucers and have embellished the surfaces of vases and handles with textures and patterns derived from shells. A smooth dark stone found on a Tasmanian beach was the inspiration for developing a dense dark glaze that I call stone. This group of stone vessels is closely clustered around large asymmetrical vases that echo the shapes of rocks that have been washed to smoothness by the continuous action of the sea. These porcelain pieces are the product of the contemplative activity of beach combing on the Australian coastline coupled with an intense interest in making everyday objects that possess functional excellence and a connection to the extraordinary. I include elements that echo aspects of the natural world because they can provoke an emotional response to everyday objects. Handmade pots offer both practical value and a connection with something deep within our daily lives. They are infused with the identity of those who make them and those who use them. When utilitarian objects are valued as an intrinsic part of our habitual routines the attachments that are formed are likely to be long lasting. Respect for the longevity of vitrified porcelain can encourage sustainable attitudes. Vitrified porcelain is extremely durable and has the ability the last for hundreds or even thousands of years. It is my hope that the pots I make will be used and appreciated for many years.