A UNITY OF DESIGN AND EXECUTION
"In the work of the potter-artist, who throws his [or her] own pots, there is a unity of design and execution, a co-operation of hand and undivided personality, for designer and craftsman [and craftswoman] are one."
BERNARD LEACH, A POTTER’S BOOK
THE MAGICAL WORLD
Clay is an incredible material – abundant, flexible, sensuous and utterly transformative. It is the result of the earth's crust being worn down over millennia across vast distances into minute particles. It transforms completely with intense heat into a timeless object of practicality and beauty.
I find working as a potter to be very grounding. The pursuit of a balance of head, heart and hand, combined with the four elements of earth, water, air and fire.
There are a lot of processes to get one's head around in ceramics, from preparing the clay to firing to temperatures of up to 1,260 degrees centigrade.
Getting out of my head and into my senses is always the biggest challenge for me, but also the most rewarding. What is my voice in this process and how do I express it in form rather than words?
I love working with my hands, especially with clay, and love to leave their throwing marks on my work... with over 10,000 nerve endings in each finger tip and an almost infinite number of receptor/brain type cells informing them, I find the human hand a constant source of inspiration.