I grew up in South Africa in a home where crafts were valued.
As a child my mother would make salt dough for my brother and I to play with and I learned at an early age to understand
and appreciate the value of traditional handcrafts. As an adult I began taking pottery lessons and, immediately falling
in love with clay, knew that I wanted to be a potter.
current interest is in making work that uses
the cone as a basic shape. I am unsure as
to why I was drawn to this shape; perhaps
it is because the triangle symbolises completion
which appeals to my sense of order. My work
is inspired by a traditional country style,
but with a fresh, modern interpretation.
I work from my own studio which is an old barn alongside the Hogsmill River.
All work is thrown on the wheel
and my chosen medium is porcelain for all its qualities of delicacy, colour and translucency. Although I make work
that is functional, I do like to focus on the more decorative, such as bowls for beautiful objects and jugs for summer
flowers and so on. I see my pottery in a range of environments: as commercial art installations or small scale embellishments
within a domestic setting.
The shifting ideas of my work confirm that ceramics continues to be a wonderful journey with new ideas and innovative methods of construction.