I enjoy all types of art but came to realise I am a 3D artist. I love working with clay. I love the material, its flexibility and how easily it can be manipulated. I watched potters as a child and was always fascinated by the way they controlled a lump of clay on the wheel. I also found other potters’/artists’ works very inspiring. I like flicking through art books from time to time just to remind myself that an artist can reinterpret an old idea and produce a new and exciting piece of work. Sometimes I just play with the clay; experimenting brings new ideas. Inspiration is important but so is work. It’s only through work and experimentation that I can learn the skills that allow me to follow my inspirations.
Quite often I feel frustrated because I find that I can’t keep up with the ideas I have in my mind. I want to explore every aspect of the idea but there’s never enough time. Sometimes there does come a point when it suddenly all becomes very boring and I have to stand back, have a break and a look at my works with a fresh eye. I always liked drawing and I enjoyed art lessons at school and went to study art at college so I guess it has always been there. It just took time to find the right medium.
Partly because I also do small scale production throwing, I believe it’s important to have the technical ability to repeat works. However, with most of my work I don’t really make the distinction though clearly some are more generic than others. I always try and improve on things I’ve made before so I still see them as one offs. I don’t like selling my work because I’m not a good salesman and I find the process a bit depressing, though I do find the idea that someone appreciates my work enough to want to buy it very rewarding.