1962 London School of Economics, BSc (Econ.)
During the sixties and seventies I attended courses at both the the London and Manchester Business Schools and became a Member of the London Stock Exchange.
My working life evolved from industrial textiles, through financial analysis to the development of computer systems for stockbroking.
After retirement I was free to devote more time to ceramics and my interest and involvement grew to the point where I needed to ‘go public’. I entered three pieces in an exhibition at the High Head Gallery, Ivegill then, in 2008, made my first venture into Potfest in Penrith. I was delighted when my ‘Pilgrim’ won the Craft & Design Magazine competition prize. 2014 will be my seventh consecutive Potfest and I am looking forward to it as much as ever.
I have no formal qualifications in ceramics but am driven by an awareness of a continuing journey of exploration and discovery.
Living in Kendal, the local environment has a strong influence on my work and is reflected in my specialization in stoneware ceramics. I feel an affinity with the subtlety of the colours available at these higher temperatures, which in turn reflect the muted harmonies of the Cumbrian landscape.
My earliest pots explored the interaction between ceramics and plants and the interplay between fixed and living forms is a recurring theme in my work. Later, a visit to the Picasso Museum in Malaga led me to a range of abstracted heads, which again I will continue to develop. A third strand is texture and colour derived from landscape. From the desert expanses of Utah to the lichen-encrusted stones of Cumbria, I feel surrounded by ideas I want to incorporate into my ceramics.
Each of these strands has evolved through recurring bursts of activity, when I have been intent on a particular aspect, but this is simply the way I work, rather than any organised plan. The most important thing for me is that ceramics offer a continuing journey of discovery where even the failures are a stimulus to the next firing.