For me it’s all about texture – you have to feel it to fully appreciate it.
I love the feel of clay when throwing, and enjoy the rhythm of the wheel. Throwing also demands a focus that concentrates the mind and blocks out other distractions, which I find is calming in an ever more hectic world.
My love of nature, the countryside and the beauty of its many textures has a great influence on my work. Cracked limestone pavements, tree bark, dry exposed peat, are reflected in the surface patterns of my work. I use a finely grogged clay which, although can be a bit rough to work with, gives a wonderful feel to the finished piece, and compliments the textures created on the outside.
You can see more of my work at
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An exciting new gallery open in the Manor House every Saturday and Sunday 11 – 4 pm and at other times.
30 artists showing high quality art and contemporary crafts.
Developed in partnership with Ilkley Manor House Trust and Ilkley Arts.