Nature is the great creator of beauty. Every trip out of the house is another opportunity to discover natureís creations.
Sculptor Sarah Smith introduced me to clay as a medium for sculpting when I attended her Introduction to Sculpture course at the Field Studies Council's Malham Tarn Field Centre. It is a medium that is pliable, can be carved, shaped by hand or tools and added to. I have found a medium that I can use to create art work of any size or shape I wish. In saying that, using clay doesnít mean you can make anything with ease. Each piece of work that I have made, I have had to learn how to use the clay to get the result I wanted. Learning to use clay for sculpting will be an ongoing process.
I have also been inspired by the work of Monica Young.
Monica was a little lady who made big sculptural pots. Her style was similar to the lines and shapes I had been incorporating into the jewellery and bone carving I had made in the past. The scale of her work appealed to me too. Monica had built her pots by using the coiling method. Coiling is a versatile and strong way of building pots, by controlling the drying of the clay, pots can be built to any size or shape. I have concentrated on learning how to coil clay pots, in the hope of being able to make work to the same scale as Monica.
Iím often asked where I get my ideas from. Nature and the world around me are my inspiration. When I come across something I like the camera enables me to bring an idea home and adapt it to my sculptures. Then from one idea I find there is no limit to the variations that grow from the first sculpture. I enjoy the challenge of making a sculpture and I get a great deal of pleasure from other people enjoying the result of my work. Just as body adornment can enhance a personís natural beauty, sculpture can enhance the beauty of our homes. I aspire to create beautiful sculptures that can enable people to improve the aesthetics and ambience in their homes.