Main body of elephants is Earthstone original clay, highly burnishrd and then smoke fired after a biscuit firing.
3 Blue African Ladies
Smoke fired figures created using Earthstone clay that has been highly burnished.
Variety of work
July Open Studios
My hands have been in clay for many years, which is a sobering thought. The excitement and unpredictability of each process is fascinating, frustrating and exhilarating. I have concentrated on experimenting and developing my own style of smoke-fired ceramics, trying to keep an honest association with the roots of the process. I suppose it is only natural that my work emulates my African origins, which given the technique, is appropriate. The figures, animals, vases and panel pictures are based on my own photographs taken during visits to various parts of Africa, memories and research. The challenge of each piece is finding the right shape, texture and colour, which, when combined, produces a simple, but pleasing, end result. The very nature of the smoke-firing technique produces smoke effects that are totally unique and enhance each piece. Each piece is motivated by my love for all things African and is an emotional journey which never seems to fade. Recently I have explored the techniques of the Native American potters and developed pots for various firings using some of their fiirng methods. I have also been experimenting with firing horse hair onto the pots with some interesting results.