Coming from a painting and drawing background, I have enjoyed playing with a new medium to make marks and explore surfaces.
Clay allows me to scratch, layer, texture, colour and etch in a range of different ways that 2D media will not allow.
Thinking in a more 3D way has been a welcome challenge. I love the process of handbuilding with slabs – working at piecing together each slab like a jig saw puzzle, letting the clay dictate the final form and scale of each pot. Cutting into each slab – slicing, incising, pressing, cutting – the fragility it causes to each slab as I construct and make each piece makes me slow down and problem solve with each element of the build. I like to think of the slabs as being pieces of paper – often working with scissors to cut and shape the clay.
In this collection I have attempted to create a series of vessels which fuse both my love of working with paper with the possibilities of clay.