I started making pots after giving up work in the telecommunications industry (I have a background as an electronics engineer, manager and consultant). We had collected pottery for a long time, and I thought it would be good to have a go, so I started evening classes at our local further education college. Within a couple of weeks I was hooked, and thanks to a very enthusiastic tutor, I enrolled on a part time art foundation course in 2003.
I decided that I really wanted to get into ceramics in a ‘proper’ way, and visited several universities in late 2004, and applied to and was accepted on the Ceramics degree course at the University of Westminster – otherwise known as the Harrow Ceramics course. I started there in 2005, and graduated in 2008, and have been working as a full time potter ever since.
My work is mostly made using porcelain, and thrown on the wheel. I do also use an extruder or slabs for some pieces and additions, as it allows me freedom to make different shapes that can’t be made on a wheel. One of the benefits of taking the Harrow ceramics course was the opportunity to try out all sorts of techniques, clays and firings. I settled on using porcelain and started using some of the classic Chinese glazes in my final year, leading up to my degree show.
We also had to design and build a kiln, and having spent a couple of summers working with potter Chris Jenkins at his house in France, I got interested in wood firing, so we built a fast fire wood kiln. Unfortunately, it’s not really possible to use wood in my kiln at home, but I do fire with gas, so get some flames to play with.