I have been working in art related professions for many years but it is the love of ceramics which has captured my heart and has allowed me pull together all my creative skills.
Drawing inspiration from my love of ravens, magpies, an interest in mythology and a passion for things that are a little on the dark side, I have created a collection of bottles with a twist.
I take old poison, scientific bottles and apothecary bottles, make moulds and slip cast them in parian or porcelain clay. Some bottles may be decorated with oxides, waxes and my own illustrations of bugs and poisonous plants.
Some bottles may become more sculptural, using reclaimed woods I hand turn stoppers to support individually sculpted porcelain birds and animals.
Each bottle will then be finished with either sterling silver, copper or re-purposed items making each piece totally unique.
I also have a love of the cheeky side of life, birds and animals are a wonderful inspiration for creating appealing ‘characters’ who just come to life with conversation
I hand-sculpt each bird or animal so whether it’s two dodos wondering why everyone thinks they are extinct or two hens making a poor cockerel feel ‘hen pecked’,
they all have a tale to tell. As each story unfolds I then decide how they should be mounted, making each piece unique.