My ceramics are in the tin-glaze tradition but I mix contemporary ideas with traditional methods. I explore surface and form, using layers of colour and contrasting marks, sgrafitto and washes of oxide over pigment-stained wax to generate complex textures. The decoration relates to the shape of the vessel, but not quite as manuals of ceramic design tell you: I always observe the form of the pot but not by following
it, usually by going against it
. The vessels are basically laterally symmetrical but the decoration is radically asymmetrical and the handles don't quite match. There are layers of reference as well: to Italian maiolica drug jars, 1950s textiles, Picasso's ceramics and those of the English "Picassoettes", and, in the odd handles, to the damaged Gazelle Vase in the Alhambra, Granada.
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