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My Influences and Process

I have always had a fascination for fine intricate structures especially those found in the natural world such as twisted and contorted tree branches, fine root systems or delicate spiders cobwebs. I also admire manmade delicate structures such as intricate lace, fine open weave fabrics or fragile lattice metalwork.

I like the interplay between the positive and negative spaces; the way light shines through the gaps and spaces between the structures creating their shadows and patterns. I particularly like the idea that something so fragile and delicate by the nature of its woven construction creates an added strength and resilience.
Qualities I would like to show in my work are fine, light open weave lacelike structures incorporating translucency, fluidity and light. The concept behind my present lace platters is ‘Vulnerability and fragility with an inner core of strength’.

My processes have taken time to develop and these include the development of my own porcelain slip recipe with various additional materials and oxides. Experimenting with adding cellulose to my large plaster casts to make them lighter to handle and the development of large refractory setters to support my fragile platters in the kiln. I am at present redeveloping my spun porcelain recipe, adding colour and new designs, watch this space!

All new images of my work will be appearing on my Facebook page.