Texture, layering, light, embellishment, translucency, fragility, beauty, diversity, colour, pattern, design…my aesthetic passions and explorations. I first picked up clay in 1990 and it’s been a love affair ever since! From low-fired earthenware through to high-fired porcelain… from bright colour to a white palette and back again… I’m living and working in Cape Town, South Africa and am blessed to be part of a rich and vibrant community of designers, artists, makers and crafters.
Porcelain has been my particular fascination since 2000. In my work, the use of this clay is a metaphor for human existence. Porcelain is at the same time, durable and resilient and yet also able to be smashed or cracked. There is something embodied in this material about the paradox of being a human being. The combination of incredible strength and resilience and at the same time, vulnerability and uncertainty.
I am really committed to the hand-made craft object in this world of mass production and feel that the mark and energy of the maker are transferred into the work, especially with something as tactile as clay. My intention as I work, is to transfer some of the qualities of light, beauty, gentleness and the opening of the heart and spirit into my work. Through my ceramics, I share these qualities with you. Enjoy browsing!
“In your light I learn how to love.
In your beauty, how to make poems.
You dance inside my chest,
where no one sees you,
but sometimes I do,
and that sight becomes this art.”