After a varied career working in international shipping, finance and political campaigning, a glorious sabbatical spent in Rome in 2009 was my inspiration for leaving the desk job behind and moving to a house built on the site of an old Roman camp near the village of Abernethy. Whilst renovating the house and attempting to wrestle a garden out of fields of thistles, I have finally been able to pursue my lifelong love of ceramics.
Increasingly my focus is becoming pots for outdoors partly because I could not find ceramics I liked for my own garden but also because I enjoy seeing how the changing colours and seasons affect the way they appear. I do not use a wheel for my work. I use traditional coiling techniques to handbuild different shapes and sizes. I love expressive texture and glazes and try to give each piece its own character in relation to the landscape and sky where it will be placed.
I usually work to a commission making something to suit the atmosphere of an established garden or give a new garden a focal point.
I recently held my first public exhibition, “In the Night sky” a collection of interior and exterior ceramics for the Kinmonth View at Rhynd, near Bridge of Earn, Perthshire.
I hope my website will give you a flavour of my work and how it interacts with its surroundings. I would be very happy to discuss it further if you are interested so please do get in touch.