'My sculptural work explores new ways of using the potter's wheel to create flowing forms, some of which are designed for function. 
'My sculptures portray the essence of waves and whirlpools, unfolding spirals and black holes. They are made in various sizes from 3 to 50 centimetres wide. The radiant matt glazes are made with barium and lithium and coloured with copper, vanadium, chromium and pigments, resulting in luminescent textured surfaces, which result in dramatically different shades according to thickness of application determined by the method of spraying on the form. On black clay, these glaze materials have a dramatically different effect, resulting in natural earthy shades breaking on the edges and swirling into the spiral ridges. They can be displayed on a table or shelf or on the wall.

'By varying the thickness of the walls, an exciting new world has emerged in the profile of the cut edge, combined with a suggestion of flow and movement from the resultant throwing lines. This has led to a distinctive body of work conveying human movement, dance, attitudes and emotions in the spirit of the 20th Century Futurists and providing resilient tableware along the way. Although people or trees may be suggested in the cut edge and swirling waves in the evolving form, each piece can elicit various interpretations, memories or associations personal to the viewer. Use of these malleable and responsive materials is enabling the artist to offer a lively and novel interpretation of human movement and organic growth through space and time.


'I established my wheel-throwing skills by dedicating endless hours in the garage of our house in Oklahoma soon after moving from England in 1979. For ten years I made and sold tableware in Oklahoma and later in Norway, returning to England in 1993. I then developed two lines of decorated tableware and established a studio in my basement in Dorking.

'In 2008 I embarked on an art training at City Lit in London, graduating in 2011 with a City and Guilds Ceramic Portfolio qualification, an Art Foundation Diploma specialising in sculpture and ceramics, and a 2-year Ceramics Diploma. Together with painter Chris Forsey and sculptor Nikki Taylor, I have since established Sandstone Studios just off Dorking High Street, where I now work and teach. I also work part-time for Surrey County Council Visual Arts Department part-time in support of the Surrey Artists Open Studios project.'