I studied B.A Ceramic Design through Anglia Ruskin College, Cambridge, graduating in 1999 to set up my workshop next to Salhouse Broad in Norfolk.

My work has always been about attempting to capture the essence of the land - and the patterns imposed on it by Man.

Between 1999 and 2007 I made several study trips to Mashiko in Japan to learn from potters such as Hamada Tomo-o, Matsusaki Ken and Kusakabe Masakazu.

The following year I was invited to exhibit in Osaka and then in Tokyo. Through a meeting with Wali Hawes at the Osaka exhibition I was invited to apply for a month long residency in Tokoname with IWCAT. This was an amazing experience and I was delighted to be invited back to Tokoname in 2010 to exhibit.

In 2005, with a bursary from Creative Arts East to work with local Thatchers and make work inspired by their Craft, I developed a glaze suitable for my electric kiln using the thatching reed that had been discarded. Using the thatch gave my work an originality and  a sense of place unobtainable out side of the Broads area. After all, the Thatch had been grown here, given good service to shelter the inhabitants of the house for 50 years and could still be used after it had been discarded. The prospect of this delighted me, and still does.

Later, in 2017, Hoveton Great Broad was being drained of silt by an ongoing Conservation project. With kind permission from the owner of the Broad I was able to collect the silt by boat. Now firing with my Fred Olsen design wood kiln, affectionately known as "Fast Freda"

I developed a glaze from the silt. This then led to using the glaze with stretched forms and eventually to Soda firing in the wood kiln. Freda however didn't much care for this, so it was sadly a short lived soda romance and I am now back to fully wood firing. 

In 2018 I was commissioned by the Dean of Norwich Cathedral to replace a broken candle stand, this huge piece is now situated in the Lady Chapel for people to light a small candle for loved ones. It is lovely to have work in a permanent presence in my home city. 

I revisited Japan in 2018, this time with the specific purpose of visiting the  Temple and Shrine gardens to draw inspiration for forthcoming exhibitions. Having not quite seen  all I needed to, a return trip was made in 2019 providing me with superb images and memories. 

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