There is a little kid in me that just wants to play with clay and create characters, I have always been drawn to humour in art, and when I discovered clay there was no stopping me. Even now, I get really excited about creating a new creature, it’s stance, wit, the use of colour and line to enhance the form. The humour is important, but not at the expense of the design of the form. I realized during my degree show that I had hit on something when everything started to sell, even during a recession, and have been making stuff ever since.
I am really drawn to strong graphic shapes, the appeal of 50s cartoons is evident in my designs, I love their vintage illustrative style, playful, yet drawing reference from a very modern cultural aesthetic. In my patterns I really start to have a lot of fun, they come from a mix of very painterly collages that I do and then cut out shapes done on the computer. I have realized lately that I am gathering a certain following of collectors, and would like to respond to that by allowing myself more time for designing new characters, and so getting some of my designs put into production to allow me to do so. I am currently sketching-up ideas for a new range of tableware, something where the shapes show reference to my bird designs, as well as having a bird pattern wrapped around them… watch this space.
Also, I am just getting the prototypes out of the kiln for my new limited edition range, they are just blanks, and I am looking forward to trying out some new colours and then bringing them to life with the transfer patterns of eyes, stripes and feathers, maybe even a bit of gold lustre on them too. I want to go for really bold fantastic colours, to make them really vibrant. Irresistible even.