My journey with clay began in 1982 in Johannesburg.
My work expresses a dialogue with the VESSEL and its associations – as container, a space defined by walls or boundaries, and the unapparent yet intimate relationship between the Ceramic Vessel and Architecture – the enclosed spaces we eat out of, and the enclosed spaces we inhabit. In this context the Vessel as container evokes for me the principles of womanhood as they are defined by nature – processes of gestation to birth, giving life and nurturing, gifting the world with love and beauty, and the acts of holding and letting go.
In this context I need to give voice both to UTILITY as well as AESTHETICS. I delight in the exploration of forms as carriers of a more personal narrative whose beauty stems from their simplicity and understatement. Utility is given shape in my production work. My functional Eatware is aimed at the display and enjoyment of delicious seasonal foods, be it in the surrounds of a restaurant or around a kitchen table at home.
My work is in Stoneware and Porcelain, hand-built or wheel-thrown and fired to 1260 C. Surface finishes are kept to the minimum, slips and glazes intending to define form rather than compete with it.