I am a domestic potter working in stoneware and occasionally terracotta. I have recently established a small workshop in my terraced house in Sheffield and am now making and tutoring from that space. I have potted one way or another for many years. I have learned in London and Sheffield adult education classes and most recently with Penny Withers at her Persistence Works studio in Sheffield. At one time I had a kick wheel in the bathroom and a kiln in a lean-to in the back yard. My new set up has enabled me to be experimental and learn more about glazing and firing (also how much cleaning you need to do).
I throw jugs, mugs, bowls and tea pots in stoneware and decorate with a combination of coloured slips, sgraffito and underglaze painting and finish with a shiny transparent or tinted glaze. I also use moulds to make plates and platters which can be personalised to commemorate any occasion. All the pots are dish washer safe and larger bowls can be used in the oven.
For me, potting is a deep source of pleasure and I find each stage of the making process completely absorbing. I gain a great deal of satisfaction from eating and drinking from pieces I have made and, even better, seeing it grace other’s tables.
My recent move in to running classes from my workshop is very enjoyable and the enthusiasm and creativity of the participants is inspiring and motivating.