new work

Dungeness sources

As the precursor to the next round of making I’ve been going back over many of the hundreds of photos I’ve taken on Dungeness in the last year.

Some of these have led on to paper-cuts - initially intended for collages but then leading in an entirely unanticipated direction. I’ll share the results with you next…

An inspiring time with Rebecca Appleby and James Oughtibridge

In October I was fortunate to be able to spend 5 days in Yorkshire doing a handbuilding masterclass with Rebecca and James. It was great to be able to spend so much time playing with ideas, developing different surface treatments, making maquettes and thinking about creative processes to formulate ideas from source materials.

I came back with more confidence in my own process and giving it time to gestate, to play with components etc, a surprising new direction to explore and a car full of damp clay which is still waiting to be fired. A passing comment by Rebecca’s about ‘quality control at every stage’ also struck home as we saw them demonstrate the care they take in assembling their own work.

Here’s some pictures of the raw work. More to follow once it’s fired and finished.

This work is quite different again from the experimental Dungeness series I’ve been sharing recently and initially I was quite resistant to it because of the technical fiddliness, but both of them came by and said “ooh that’s interesting” so in the end I decided to listen to the feedback and rise to the challenge. It’s made me ponder the difference between the work we are drawn to as viewers that brings us something we’d perhaps like more of and that which we personally need to make and how to know which is which…


Dungeness series, part 2

In this second batch of works I have been experimenting further with more graphic treatments and printing, to evoke the scattering of bold box forms in the shape of houses, sheds and shipping containers across the shingle, as well as more complex detailing in he surfaces through found materials, local slips, volcanic and matt glazes.

Lifting the lid on the new Dungeness series

Inspired by my time at I have been exploring some new forms.

Building up scuffed and stained and patinated surfaces.

Developing a new palette of glaze colours and finishes that draw on my experience of the ness.

Playing with happenstance impressions of found objects and textures.

Using drop moulding and composite forms to explore the irregular growth of the cottages with all their sheds and lean-tos.

Echoing the boat rails across the shingle in added ribs on which the finished pieces stand.

It's proving really interesting to work in this new way, developing a whole new creative vocabulary and making each piece a step forward into something new. As I write the kiln is firing up with a second load of new pieces and I'm full of eager anticipation to see how they will turn out and where this journey will take me next. Watch this space!

New designs for kitchenware in the pipeline...

Every now and then people make special requests for new designs. A recent flurry from friends and family is approaching critical mass and looks line turning into a new kitchenware collection. Here's some early trials for storage jars and pestles & mortars. Fermentation crocks and are also on the agenda. If there's anything your kitchen particularly needs that you think would be a good addition to the collection do let me know.

Some of the pieces feature water-etched detailing which will allow me to introduce some more variation which I do enjoy.

There's lots of work still do to refining each form individually and reviewing how they sit together as a group but it's nice to see an initial peek!

New work: Limited edition designs

I am at my happiest exploring new creative ideas so this is a big treat for me. In fact, in order to give myself more of this I've decided to start an occasional series of 'limited edition' pieces. These are functional pieces designed to compliment the main Feast and Simple pleasure collections, but can also stand alone. They are a space to try out new techniques and approaches etc and I look forward to seeing how people respond to them at upcoming shows.

The first two are a butterdish with a freestyle hand-cut rim and a cheeseboard with water-etched handles.

The detailing on each piece is done differently each time so that each one is individually distinct.

A maximum of 25 of each design will be made.

New work

Here's some new pieces fresh from the kiln.

Oil bottle in white crackle

Oil bottle in white crackle

Pedestal serving bowl in white, oil bottle and condiment dish in white crackle

Pedestal serving bowl in white, oil bottle and condiment dish in white crackle

Serving dish in evergreen

Serving dish in evergreen

Large mugs in white

Large mugs in white

Tall serving bowl in black

Tall serving bowl in black

New work

I've been busy behind the scenes making up mountains of new tableware which is destined for The Quality Chophouse. The last pieces are in the kiln as I write so they'll be shipping off at the end of the week and available in the shop soon after.

Already finished and on the shelves are dinner plates and side plates, cereal bowls and noodle bowls, plus two sizes of serving bowls, small jugs and wine cups in white and chartreuse. Still cooking are mugs, medium jugs, coffee pots and small canisters.

Here's a sneak peek at what's coming.