Moor to Sea
Sculpting and frequently walking in close proximity to both moor and sea is an inspiration and a challenge. Often I chance upon impressive rock structures that have been sculpted by wind, weather and sea – rugged, rounded and balanced – set dynamically against a seascape or moorland terrain and I wonder what more a sculptor can offer? One is looking at aeons of landscape formation: the time-span of a Ceramicist or a Stone Carver's labour is humbling by comparison, and the end product ironically strives to be “contemporary.”
To try to put into words what I do is to go beyond what I absorb from nature. Forms evolve, outlines refine, textures are explored and to an extent organised. Above all, I seek to unlock movement and to defy the gravity within my materials. My resulting works stand with a quiet presence addressing the contemplative mode of the viewer.
In complement to sculptures, I make Collagraph prints which are literally prints made from collages. Found textures in nature as well as the man-made sculptor's debris such as sandpaper, scrim and corrugated cardboard collaborate to explore sculptural aspects of land and sea.
I work at the “Clay Door Studio” in Chudleigh where I give regular classes in ceramics. I am a member of SouthWest Sculptors Association, Westcountry Potters Association and The Devon Guild of Craftsmen and have exhibited widely in sculpture gardens and galleries in the West Country.