Below is a portfolio of my work. These pieces can take 4 – 6 weeks to complete and made to order. If you are interested in placing and order please contact me for more details.
These containers vary in size from tiny to quite large. I really enjoy making these as I am an avid collector of found items, shells, sea glass, pottery shards etc… I made these with with those collections in mind. As a place to keep them. They shapes are inspired by shells and pebbles with barnacles added to the larger boxes.
- These boxes are thrown on the wheel as one enclosed form.
- When ‘leatherhard’ the lids are cut off, again, on the wheel and the rest of the box is finished and trimmed.
- At this stage the porcelain barnacles are added. Each individually sculpted by hand.
- The box will then be left to dry completely before bisc firing.
- The box then needs to be sanded to smooth out any sharp bits, liquid wax is painted onto the base, areas where glaze would touch and the barnacles so the glaze doesn’t cover them.
- Glaze applied then final firing to 1290°C . Cooling and then a final sand and grinding down of the volcanic areas.
Seapods have become my signature pieces. I first made them for my degree show. They are a synthesis of inspiration from the Isle of Harris. The movement of the sea, textures of rocks and sea foam and the barnacles to me reference the passage of time and change.
The Making Process
- Once the clay is prepared, the base is thrown on the wheel as an enclosed form
- When the base is ‘leatherhard’ I will add the’gills’. These are attached and pinched out using a mix of two clays. This is the best combination I have found after many cracks and much experimenting!
- I will then individually sculpt the porcelain barnacles to the Seapod
- The piece will then be completely wrapped for 24 hours, then slowly unwrapped over a couple more days to allow the clay to really slowly to avoid cracks
- When bone dry, this can take weeks depending on the size, it will be bisc fired, then wax is painted onto the barnacles so they do not get any glaze on them
- Glazing is individual to each piece. I layer 8 to 10 glazes on each piece by pouring, sponging and brushing
- After glazing to 1290 degrees C I will grind down the volcanic areas of glaze, wash the Seapod and it will be finished!
I intially designed these for our own home and for gifts due to the desire to cut down my own plastic consumption, moving back to soap bars. These soap dishes have proved very popular so I have continued to make them. The swirl in the middle as well as being reminiscent of a wave, also provides a raised surface for the soap to sit on so it can stay drier.
- The prepared clay is weighed and then I throw on the wheel, making the swirl at the end
- When the dish is ‘leather hard’ I will turn it, trim and finish the base
- Next I add the lace textured feet, although these are very small and the texture not that noticable I like to pay attention to details!
- The soap dish now has to dry out completely ready to bisc fire to 990 degrees C
- When cooled the dish is glazed with 2 -3 glazes and I put ground glass into the swirl to make a glassy, liquidy finish. the glass will draw colour from the oxides in the glaze.
- Final firing to 1290 degrees C, cooling, sanding the feet and the piece is finished
I love making these little jugs. They can be used as milk jugs, water for whisky jugs or even a posy vase. I vary the glazing but tend to usually do sea blues and sometimes glaze with the Tidelines combination
- These jugs are simply thrown on the wheel
- I weigh the clay but do not measure the dimension as I like them all to be individual
- Once thrown and dried to be ‘leatherhard’ I will turn them, trimming the bases
- When bone dry they are bisc fired
- Then when cooled glazed with a combination of glazes
- Glaze fired to 1290 degrees C , bottoms sanded and they are finished
‘Tidelines’ is a glaze combination that is reminiscent of foaming waves across the sand.
- this glaze combination is used on various pieces little jugs,bowls and it is especially striking on the Carafe and Cup set
- Carafe and Cup set is thrown on the wheel
- turned, dried and fired as decribed above
- the speckled iron spangle glaze is very time consuming to mix to a smooth consistency as the spangles settle at the bottom, it sometimes can take up to half and hour to get it to a usable consistency!
- a volcanic glaze is used to achieve the bubbling, foamy effect
- after the glaze firing the volcanic glaze has to be ground down to reveal the bubbles