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Are there any particular techniques which you have inherited; what’s the ethos behind your work? It’s difficult to describe but I have inherited some of my Dad’s style in throwing, it’s the chunkiness of the pots particularly in curved forms where it really stands out. Sometimes I throw a piece and its shape happens almost naturally, I take it off the wheel and realise I’ve created a shape that’s something he’d make.


I’m very focused on the idea of pottery being an affordable everyday luxury; I would hate to think that my pieces get hoarded away in a cupboard somewhere because they’re too expensive to use. I came across the American concept of ‘Oatmeal


Love’, something that’s


in your life everyday but you don’t love it any less, in fact you come to appreciate its beautiful intricacies.


Do you have any formal education / training or experience that applies to what you do?


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I don’t actually have a lot of formal training; I did go to college and got a City and Guilds qualification for completing a series of night classes. That’s where my training has ended but I do work quite closely with my Dad who’s always teaching me how to do things and critiquing my work.


More recently I went to the Leach Pottery in St Ives and spent an immensely enjoyable week there throwing pots; it wasn’t really formal but I did pick up an awful lot just by being there. One thing I was determined to learn was throwing plates, something I’m now a little bit obsessive about.


Can you describe your work setting to us; what would be your ideal workspace? My studio at the moment is less than ideal! I’m currently looking for a new space because I work in an attic with no electricity ports or running water, which involves an awful lot of walking up and down stairs. Ideally I’d love somewhere with a lot of


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