Headlands, Avon Lane, Westward Ho! Bideford, Devon. EX39 1LRWestward Ho! ceramics, gallery, glass, jewellery, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture Torridge
After a 20 year career with the RSPCA I completed a Foundation Degree in Art and Design in 2015 at Oxford Brookes University. My animal sculptures come from my love of animals and are adorned with a metallic or gold finish to indicate how animals should be seen as a gift and not a right. My work often includes "kintsugi" and “wabi-sabi” (the Japanese art of embracing flaws and imperfections). This, and wire wrapping, stems from years of working to repair the many animals that were rescued during my career in the RSPCA.
Another area of my work explores how we deal with life's changes. My favourite mediums are ceramics, glass and metal. These mediums inspire me because they change form when pressures of heat or physical manipulation are applied. It fascinates me how change isn't always a bad thing when you can make something beautiful out of it! My work has been described as "organic" because of the shapes and forms I like making and I try to use recycled materials where possible and work with the results of the pressures that have been applied to these materials.
I have exhibited at Merry Harriers Garden Centre, in the West Country Crafters Shop and in The Burton Gallery. In Oxfordshire and Warwickshire; at the Heseltine Gallery, Banbury Museum, Church Lane Gallery, The Old Town Deli Cafe and Leamington Spa Jephson Gardens. Latterly winning the Judges Award for my slumped glass "Captured Memories" wrapped in metal and string.