I am a self taught sculptor. I work mainly with ceramics, particularly Raku and wood fired techniques. I make individual pieces from a few inches tall to life size, working from life models ,using my rotating models table to view and photograph in the round. Both the Raku and wood firing techniques offer the opportunity to achieve interesting surface textures and effects.
My work ranges from conventional pottery, figurative and abstract sculpture. Each sculpture is completely unique. I also make mixed media pieces which have been exhibited in TRAIL in Teignmouth , Occombe Farm and the Ariel Centre Totnes.
I am a member of the Westcountry Potters Association and have exhibited , demonstrated and taught at various venues in the southwest/east and am happy to give advice.
My most recent work was exhibited in the Chapel Gallery, Saltram House and at the TRAIL exhibition Teignmouth.
I work mainly in clay of all types from terracotta to porcelain, making my own body mix including paper clay. I incorporate different materials such as sawdust, crushed brick, sand, etc .to achieve different surface textures. I also mix my own glazes so as not to be limited by the commercial range. The work is fired to1000c. The Raku pieces are removed from the kiln at this temperature and sprayed with water and buried in sawdust to give different glaze effects.
The woodfired work is fired in my 40cu.ft .woodfired kiln., then smoked in a fire for the random smoke effect, sealed with a water proofing liquid and wax polished.
I have designed and built various gas and wood fired kilns, my latest being the 40 cu. ft. woodfired kiln in which I can fire 4 life size figurative sculptures.
I occasionally work in other mediums and mixed media pieces. Particularly rustic wood thrones.
I undertake commissions, demonstrations, teaching and am happy to give advice when asked. I am a member of Westcountry Potters Association, my work can be seen on their web site www.westcountrypotters.co.uk and in the May 2006 edition of the Devon Life magazine. I have exhibited in various venues in the S.W. and S.E. My work is in several personal collections world wide.
Interested in kiln building and firing if you need help, particularly wood firing.
I’m the founder of Ceramics Festival at Cockington Court, Torquay, Devon.
I was the model and technical assistant for Elisabeth Hadley’s “Man & Boy ” lifesize bronze sculpture on Kings Quay, Brixham, Devon.
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