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My working practice as a ceramic sculptor is changing and I have made a conscious decision to focus on a more sculptural approach, studying the form in relationship to the surface with more clarity.

I use my studio location, based in the grounds of a historical steam museum to inform my practice, absorbing the industrial heritage surrounding me, it has been a significant element when developing ideas.

I am fascinated by constructivist assemblages and the pioneers of abstract art - Hans Arp, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Victor Pasmore and Kurt Schwitters have all made a great impression on me. I find the varied and experimental approach to their work inspirational.

I am a dedicated hand builder and revel in how ideas develop out of process, experiments with materials and techniques. I will often create a series of small sculptural forms that serve as working maquettes.  

Recently I have been drawn to a more minimal and reductive strategy, simplifying the structures, but constantly enhancing and developing the surface. It is crucial that the surfaces I achieve envelop my ceramic forms and are integral to the whole.

I find great enjoyment and creative impulsethrough making collections, arranging found objects and natural forms. The discipline of drawing, my continuous studies and a renewed passion for printmaking, are all essential components.

I seek to catch the eye but hold the form in my sculptural pieces and strive to and achieve a balance and fluidity between intuition, craft and concept in clay

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