Welcome to my MA blog, which I set up to accompany me during my two years studying for a masters degree in Ceramics at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, UK. This will chronicle my artistic developments along with more personal observations made during this time.

May 16, 2017

A lot of my art is about surrendering control in order to create opportunities for direct intuitive responses. This was the case with my paintings and now is part of my pottery process - even if it may not be initially obvious.

From a very young age I've always been dra...

April 9, 2017

It is time to be moving on from the Pueblo inspired patterns of South West of America across the continents to Islamic inspired patterns of the Middle East. Well, there is a lot that could be said about this at this point of time in world history but has happened unint...

January 24, 2017

I am currently researching patterns found on pottery made by the Pueblo people, especially Acoma Pueblo pots. Thus I've been copying images of pots I like and am drawing parts of these patterns that particularly appeal to me. I've noticed that there are endless variati...

November 29, 2016

Working in my sketchbook drawing lots of shapes that may be used for developing pots. I use different methods of drawing which combine an element of random chance which I respond to. It is my way trying to avoid being too tight and controlled.

November 4, 2016

Once I got a good start on my minimalist piece I decided to concentrate on the maximalist 'Stand & Deliver' piece. I had no intention of linking these two in any way, except that they should be distinctly different from each other.

Just as the minimalist boats were more...

October 24, 2016

Today we were set our second assignment named 'Stand and Deliver', which refers less highwaymen or 1980's hits but refers tp the concept of pairing an element of 'stand' with one of 'delivery' roughly associated with, for instance, a cup and saucer. We are to make to t...

October 20, 2016

Responding to my initial man-made piece I wanted my natural piece also to have wings and a trunk. I also thought to add some extra handbuilding techniques. So, this one was made including slabs, pinching and coiling.

I approached this half of the project very similar th...

October 17, 2016

To get us warmed up for this MA we are set a few introductory project. The first one, leading on from trying out making different textures in clay, is to use these to make two contrasting pieces: one referencing man-made qualities and the other natural.

I started off wo...

September 30, 2016

Welcome to my first blog ever! This blog is intended to record my experiences, developments and insights gained while doing my MA in Ceramics for the next two years. 

At the very beginning there seem