Inspiration is drawn from landscapes and seascapes; clumps of trees, reflections in pools, rivers and floodwaters. I live adjacent to the Lower Derwent Ings, a SSSI site, where seasonal flooding and the deposited debris form studies in abstraction that I strive to recreate utilising the fine qualities of porcelain.
The Landscape bowl featured on 60 Minute Makeover is an extra large bespoke piece created especially for the show to be displayed as a statement piece on a table made by Linda. Using almost 4Kg of porcelain it is thrown on the wheel and then turned to perfect the form once leather hard.
The silver birch decoration, inspired by birches growing alongside the river close to my studio, is carved and inlaid before firing Thick black slip is added to give textural as well as visual interest. Incorporating the design on the inside of the bowl allows it to be displayed on a low surface. After bisque firing the bowl is glazed with satin and glossy white glazes, finished with a flourish of copper oxide that turns soft turquoise in the kiln. The bowl could be used to hold fruit, food or flowers or to make a beautiful display just on it’s own.