Ceramics is a second career for me, as I’ve spent many years as a writer and editor. Perhaps because of this, the geology and history of the South Downs provide a starting point for all my work. Sometimes this connection is quite literal, as with my ‘chalk and flint’ and ‘flint wall’ pieces. At other times, and increasingly as I grow as a ceramicist, the source of inspiration is less obvious. All my pieces (other than the jewellery) are wheel-thrown in my Brighton studio.
I currently have four ranges that are all available at the Montague gallery this month:
Chalk and Flint – earthenware vases. The impression of seams of flint running through chalk is created using the sgraffito technique. The inside is glazed for functionality.
Shades of Flint – stoneware vessels, mugs, bowls and platters. The layered glaze next to bare clay reflects the amazing variegation found in nodules of flint.
Flint Wall – stoneware vessels and mugs, inspired by the flint walls of Sussex villages.
Flint and Fire – smoke-fired vessels and pendants that evoke the ancient history of the Downs. The smoke-firing bin recreates the greys, blacks and russets of flint, and I sometimes add a flash of 24-carat gold leaf.
As well as selling at the Montague in November, I sell from my Brighton studio, at events and in other galleries in Sussex. Follow my Instagram account @chalkandflintceramics to see my latest work.