Torso Pots – Mugs and beakers, which I alter, when the clay is still soft, using my hands to push and smooth areas on the pot to create the details of the torso, sometimes adding clay to create nipples and/or belly buttons. These are decorated with either coloured slip or abstract sgraffito which are then clear glazed. I have also started experimenting with a variety of earthenware glazes which creates a different look and feel to the pieces. On special occasions I add gold or silver lustre.
Agateware – To create this, I add a coloured stain (pigment) in to the clay directly, blending this to create a single colour of clay. Layering this with other colours of clay and the original white earthenware, I then throw/turn these on the potters wheel employing chance which creates interesting marks throughout the piece. I use this process to create a variety of tableware.
Abstract Sgraffito – Again using white earthenware clay I make functional pieces which I decorate with coloured slip to create an abstract painting, then paint automatically on the top with black slip. This creates interesting shapes which I read and react too, using sgraffito to create a variety of marks including: faces, bodies, animals, plants, patterns, fantasy creatures and any number of other things. The sgraffito cuts back and exposes the colours of the slip or the white clay underneath.
All the tableware/functional work I create is food safe.