Clay Pipes

Clay Pipes I come across numerous clay pipes – or fragments of them – on the foreshore. They are a common find for mud-larkers as most working men smoked tobacco in ‘days of yore’. What is fascinating is that they come in so many sizes, shapes and designs. The one with the Buffalo Head and letters RAOB (Royal Antedeluvian Society … Read More

The Lost Sheep

‘Curation’ – ‘The Lost Sheep’ Sometimes the forms of my foreshore finds suggest something to me the minute I see them. In this instance I found a piece of rough textured ceramic with an ‘ear’ attached.   Back in the studio I partnered it with a cloud-shaped fragment of painted polystyrene which I’d had for a while and a few bits … Read More

Foreshore Finds

Foreshore Finds I spend a great deal of time looking at and recording surface textures and patterning. My instagram feed is testament to this. Here are a few pieces of Victorian china – fragments of broken plates, cups and other ceramic wares – that I have picked up on my mud-larking trips.   I collect odd shapes as well as colourful … Read More

Pipe Dream

‘Curation’ – ‘Pipe Dream’ The piece shown above is composed from the head of a figurine, an old clay pipe and a piece of seaweed.  Each ‘assemblage’ or ‘curation’ is photographed before being dismantled into its component parts for re-use or re-incorporation into different forms. This strikes me as the most appropriate and sustainable way of working with these unique … Read More

Boy with Boat

‘Curation’- ‘Boy with Boat’ The assemblages (or ‘curations’ as I like to call them) that I have been creating over recent months – are composed of fragments I have found, foraged, mud-larked or beachcombed.  Each component is placed, arranged and re-arranged, often many times, until I achieve an outcome that resonates. They can take the form of abstract utensils, mythological … Read More

A Good Listener

‘Curation’ – ‘A Good Listener’ Since moving to this part of Kent I have become a regular mud-larker.  The Thames Estuary is rich in fragments of history from Neolithic times to the present day.  I often take myself for walks along the foreshore and have amassed an interesting collection of ‘finds’.  I enjoy displaying these, playing around with them and … Read More

Listen

‘Curation’ – ‘Listen – you can hear the sea’ Like many artists and makers I am fascinated by found objects – both natural and manmade – but primarily those found in the landscape around my home. I am a compulsive collector – “a snapper up of unconsidered trifles”- and also of books, ephemera and artwork – drawings, paintings, prints and … Read More

Buddug

Enamel plate by ‘Buddug’ (Quote by Roahl Dahl) I have this plate hanging in my kitchen.  It is by a Welsh artist named Buddug.  It seems apt to share it here.  I love these sentiments as I find myself constantly observing with “glittering eyes the whole world around” me. I have signed up – rather belatedly – to Instagram in … Read More

Label

Label with stamps from a vintage Hat Box I am a keen photographer, snapping anything of interest I happen to come across.  I enjoy detail and am constantly drawn to surface textures, colours, tones, lines and marks on surfaces and objects.  I particularly enjoy old collectibles and curiosities, historic buildings, worn or disintegrating objects which suggest a fragility but also … Read More

Tomb

Graphite on Paper – Tomb, Exeter Cathedral As an artist, art historian, arts administrator, writer and curator, I am interested in a wide cross-section of fine art, craft and visual culture as a whole and have recently been going through a period of personal and creative reflection and reassessment. Over the years, I have used paper, pencil, paint, pastels, photography, … Read More