The process of making is a slow, tactile and satisfying process. The many hours spent researching and sketching down ideas is essential in clarifying my aims.
Traditional hand-building techniques are used to explore and develop the forms and patterns in Earthstone clay with slips and terra sigallata. Surfaces are burnished many times before being fired in the electric kiln to a temperature of 980°C.
Patterns and marks are applied and then smoke-fired in either tin dustbins or a brick kiln using various combustible materials. I have also begun to experiment with horsehair firings which produce interesting effects and surface qualities.
The whole process is exciting and exhilarating; the unpredictable effects of the smoke, a constant surprise; and the continual learning process stimulating.