I trained in Graphic Design and Fine Art and have come from an extensive Cornish family who were all creative in one way or another. My uncle, Jeremy Le Grice, was a big influence as I grew up, His passion and enthusiasm as a painter influenced me. I had parents who were Potters and Market gardeners, growing Anemones and Polyanthus to sell in the Truro markets. I had a creative and stimulating Cornish childhood surrounded by Paintings, Pottery, Textiles and Flower farms. But 'making pots never quite grabbed me! Being an Artist did.
In my 20’s I decided to explore the world, travelling across Africa and India. The colours and pattern of these continents still influence my work today. On my return I discovered 2 dimensional ceramics.It was a medium that really gave me an artistic voice. I experimented with my newfound medium on everything from furniture , signs, pictures, jewellery, hats, menu boards . I exhibited across the UK, London and New York, I decorated pubs, shops and restaurants, shopping malls. I supplied Liberties in London for many years .
My day job was still as a typographic designer in London and Birmingham, working on various busy newspapers. But Cornwall kept calling me back home and after a year on Scilly gardening I eventually settled in back West Penwith, Newlyn.
It was here that I started experimenting with ceramics and painting big time.. It was the combination of my love of horticulture, natural history and my love of the tactile quality of clay that set me on the path that I still travel today. I am drawn by malleable, earthy clay and simple shapes, but also sculptural form and low relief , surface pattern; but also colour! I love colour. and paint, mixing paint, making colours. Clay to me is a medium I use to illustrate my ideas, whatever touch’s and moves me. Its usually the seasons, the land, the light and sea. All an ever changing equation affecting everyday life. It’s the small detail and the magnificence.
I use earthenware clay which I hand craft and carve and then fire in my Kiln. My frames and boxes, I design and get made from Tulip wood by a local carpenter. As well as the clay crafted work , I also love to paint pictures with oils. I like to work fast when painting. It is a completely different energy, which enables me to strive to capture a moment. Again my inspirations are the land the sea, nature, family, relationships and my various whippets.
My motivation is, (as artist John Miller said) “ an act of Gratitude.”
I hope you enjoy looking at my work. An eclectic mix of my creative journey.
I am also available for private Commissions.