I am driven to create because of the positive experience of using and enjoying beautiful ceramics in everyday life activities. No matter how simple the object, like a favourite mug, these are the things that turn a house into a home. They give us a strong sense of belonging and build on our identity. A home to me is an environment that lives in the present, has the excitement of the future ahead and treasures the past. It is the past that has been a focus of mine in recent years; looking at inherited objects finding their own place in the present home, creating feelings of nostalgia and allowing a reflection on memories , either in their original forms or re-created with a modern twist. This has then developed into finding objects from the past and introducing them as decorative as well as functional objects in my family’s everyday living experience.
My work on a 'collection of bottles' was about re-inventing, in ceramics, the old style of household bottles and plays with the idea of taking something old and creating something new, something that had one purpose and giving it a different one. An old discarded glass poison bottle, beautiful as it is in its own right, can be re-created and altered to become a treasured vessel and as such is rejuvenated and appealing to those who would never have treasured the original. The illustrations and imagery are heavily influenced from time spent living in the Far East, a haven for collecting objects from past era’s, and where strong colour is very much a part of that style. I work in porcelain for its smoothness, beauty and elegance. Its whiteness is a perfect canvas for the fine, colourful drawings that characterize my work.
Now, working from my home studio in Glasgow, my latest work 'Clan Gathering' has been inspired by my own family gatherings more often than not held in Fife where most of my family live. The plan is to keep developing these ideas to create an eclectic range of tableware that is fun and attractive with an appeal for all from the young to the old. I have always enjoyed reading historical stories of the clans finding them wildly colourful, beautifully descriptive of the landscape, at times brutal, romantic and yet very captivating!
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