I produce hand built coiled pots as I find that the whole rhythm of hand building suits my approach far more than throwing. My process of making is both painstaking and lengthy, often lasting several days. It requires building up and scraping down and smoothing, followed by burnishing and polishing. I tend to work on a number of related pot forms, variations on a particular theme, before moving on. This allows for the necessary drying of the coils as the pot is gradually built up to its finished height and volume. When completed, I love the interaction that occurs when different pots are placed together. The fact that pots “speak” to each other.
Moved by the pottery of Ancient Korea and Sub-Saharan Africa, where I was born, I aim to create an upward motion from the constructed clay, rising from a narrow base. Colour is generally understated and integral to the pot form, whether by additions of oxides and stains to the clay body, or by way of incised and inlaid lines and scratches. In the last year I have been experimenting with colour, using oxides and stains in an understated way so that the surface decoration is integrated with the pot form.