I have loved working with clay ever since I was at school and art college in the late 1980's. However, my career took me in a different direction and I worked in health and social care for many years. Then in 2016, after years of making pottery in my spare time, I decided to take time to step away from my health care role and reignite my passion for art and creativity. I established Wayside Pottery Studio to become a full-time ceramic artist and pottery teacher.
Mainly, I work with stoneware clay as I find this material more durable and hard-wearing so that I can produce a range of work suitable for indoor or outdoor environments. I am passionate about wildlife and the environment so often my work features animal and plant motifs. However, my work is varied and changes over time as my interests develop and evolve.
I have some regular homeware items that I enjoy making such as cups, bowls and platters. These pieces are handmade in small batches so there are subtle differences in the designs and glaze colours making each one distinct and unique to Wayside Pottery. I also make more decorative pieces such as wall art, jewellery, garden sculptures and ornaments.
I am also very interested in experimenting with different clays, glaze materials and firing techniques. In particular, I like to dig raw clay sourced from the area where I live. This is earthenware (low-firing) clay and I have used this to make beads, pinch-pots and even thrown it to make pots on the wheel. I sometimes fire this in my electric kiln or using more basic methods such as a sawdust kiln.