I spent my last year in uni trying to learn how to use a kick wheel and making my Moelfre series of clay shapes aka 'dinosaur eggs' (see images below). After graduating I
talked my way in to a seasonal job at Winchcombe pottery working with a great bunch of potters who were more than prepared to give me a few basic lessons in throwing. (Ray Finch, Eddie Hopkins, Fergus and Ed)
I then enrolled on to a ceramics course run by Jack Doherty and Alistair Young. My throwing skills progressed slowly but during this year I was hugely inspired by staff, students and visiting tutors
(Frank Hamer, Jeff Oestrich, Anna Lambert and John Pollex to name but a few!!)
Not long after graduating from this awesome course I managed to talk my way onto
a two year apprenticeship at Whichford Pottery near Shipston on Stour. It was here that my throwing skills really started to take shape. I had one to one tutoring and had the chance to go to Hook Norton pottery to get work experience with Russell Collins and
his talented staff.
I have been hugely fortunate to be in the right place at the right time and the people I have met and places I have worked have filled me with
inspiration, joy and skills.
Great Pottery Throw Down 2015
year I was a contestant on the GPTD and I was lucky enough to get to the semi finals. It was a fantastic experience and I met so many brilliant and talented people. The work that I produced was very different to what I would normally make but
I had the opportunity to 'have a go' at techniques that I have not used before (I also used the wheel blindfolded!) It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am very proud to have been a part of the programme which has helped reignite an interest
in British pottery.
Clay not only gets under your nails but it gets under your skin!