A place in The Potteries
My studio lies within the old Spode Pottery Factory, in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent. Housed within a hub of 43 units, packed to the rafters with makers and creatives from all areas of the arts, it has become an inspirational space, full of opportunities for collaborations and exploring new ideas.
First established in 2016, my business has grown hugely from the single workbench and kiln I started out with. I work in all stages of pottery manufacture, specialising in hand-building and slip casting with porcelain. Many of the glazes used are premixed by local manufactures, to ensure they are non toxic; but I do mix glazes for some of my art pieces and non domestic wares.
I endeavour to use as many local suppliers as possible and being in the heart of the Potteries this is not difficult to do.
Working in the Potteries also provides the opportunity for me to work with other ceramic organisations such as the British Ceramics Biennial. I currently work with them as an Associate Artist and Project Coordinator for the Foundations Project. This has enabled me to work in the public domain, engaging people, young and old, with the wonders of clay. A huge portion is also dedicated to bringing ceramics back into the education sector. The BCB Clay School, develops and provides activities, lessons and projects which link in to all areas of the National Curriculum, not just Art!
I endeavour to fill my studio with items that will feed my creativity and make my space enjoyable to work in. The images adjacent offer a small insight into my work environment and my daily work practice, as well as a few work in progress images from recent projects. Many of the starting points for projects come from images taken from days out in the countryside, visiting castles, cathedrals and ruins. A collection of of postcards and photographs adorn my display board reminding me of all the places I've visited other the years. Shelves are scattered with pebbles and pine cones from the beaches and forests reminding me of the smells and textures that my photos cannot capture.