I am fascinated by the imagery and the wonder of animals; my imagination is fuelled by our relationship with them and their anthropomorphism in childhood stories and fables. My work is an amalgamation of things I’m passionate about, clay, folk art, up-cycling and the iconography of the circus.
My making process involves the technique of pinching, I make hollow forms which are manipulated and modified to make the creatures bodies, their limbs and heads are modelled by hand and then attached. Although rooted in the figurative tradition I aim for a simplicity of form and try to capture something of the spirit of each animal rather than making an exact representation. The contrast between the cool glazed clay and the soft, colourful cashmere introduces a playful edge to my creatures and makes them attractive to handle.
I make a diverse range of animals, not just those inspired by my rural environment. One of my first jumper wearing creations was a polar bear, sculpted standing on his hind legs in a ‘fierce’ pose. Because it was a cold winters day I decided he needed a little jumper, this made him look the exact opposite of fierce! From then on, I decided to make most of my creatures standing upright so that I could put jumpers on them too.
I trained at Cardiff School of Art and I now work full time from my studio on the edge of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall.