Hannah and I live with our three young sons and Dotty the dog, on the site of a Roman fort at the western end of Hadrians Wall. Its a beautiful, wild and windy place, with the Solway Estuary in front of us and thousands of acres of peat moss behind. We’re surrounded by wildlife; barnacle geese, roe deer, curlews and adders, its a place where I sense the timeless open quality of just being. It has a poetic quality to it, the seasons change, we get older and yet in essence its just the same.
This timeless quality also relates to the pots that I make; an evolving dialogue between clay, slip and myself, at the same time a poetic reinterpretation of many of the qualities found in traditional pot making. Although I have respect for and draw inspiration from the English slipware tradition, my slipware is decorated as a spontaneous expression of playful joy.
Prior to setting up my pottery workshop; I attended various courses at colleges in Carlisle, Newcastle and Cardiff. I also spent time working in a commercial pottery producing salt glazed flower pots.
We have a gallery at our home; where my work can be seen, alongside baskets made by Hannah and her sister Judy. We are open most of the time but it is probably best to telephone prior to a visit.