I create intricate hand-made sculptures that weave together tales of people, places and the natural world. Often these are site-specific interventions or installations at heritage sites and nature reserves.
My approach is multi-facetted and research based.
It is the small details of nature that inspire me. Whether I’m looking at a fragment of lichen-encrusted bark or through a lens at a piece of coral, natural structures, textures and forms delight me.
As I explore these treasures, and delve into the history of the place, I find myself wanting to share their stories. Through sculpture I select and combine the elements that most fascinate me. Sometimes new species emerge… new wonders of the natural world that have been waiting to be discovered.
The materials used depend on the story to be told; from miniature porcelain plants and ephemeral chlorophyll photographs to wildflower-shoes made of sugar! Hand modelled porcelain is currently at the heart of my practice, often combined with found natural and vintage objects. Porcelain’s preciousness, fragility and strength say something of how I perceive the natural world, and I enjoy the challenges of modelling this demanding clay using simple tools.
I have exhibited at The Victoria and Albert Museum and National Centre for Craft & Design, and created site-specific artworks for Burghley House, University of Leicester, John Clare Trust, Derby Museum’s porcelain gallery and on nature reserves.
I have trained in ceramics, design, printmaking and sugarcraft, and am currently the Langdyke Countryside Trust's Artist in Residence.
A qualified teacher, I delight in nurturing the creativity of others, and sharing my creative adventures through workshops, talks and via social media.