Informal training in ceramics since childhood, under the guidance of Barbara Bruce.
EXHIBITIONS 2009 “Potters 4 Function”, Irma Stern Musuem, Cape Town 2008 Group Exhibition, Grande Provence Gallery, Franschhoek. 2008 Mike Donkin’s Choice, Dorp Street Gallery, Stellenbosch. 2007 “Greenhouse Effects” A.R.T. Gallery, Cape Town 2007 “North South East West” curated by Barbara Lindop, Johannesburg. 2006 David Walters and Friends, William Humphries Gallery, Kimberley. 2006 Renault Group Exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg. 2005 Invited Renault Artist Exhibition, Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal. 2004 Group Exhibition, Bayside Gallery, Durban. 2003 Rose Korber Art Salon, Camps Bay, Cape Town. 1999 – 2001 Annual Studio Exhibition, Kalk Bay, Cape Town.
COLLECTIONS: • South African Cultural History Museum, Cape Town • William Humphries Public Art Gallery, Kimberley. • Renault South Africa Corporate collection, Johannesburg • Anglovaal Industries Corporate collection, Johannesburg.
I have worked as a professional artist and ceramist since 1991, learning about and exploring the properties of many different materials, including metal, paper, fibre, plastic, paint and clay. In ceramics I have specialised in high-fired translucent carved porcelain and reduction-fired celadon glazes.
I choose to produce mostly functional work, as it enriches day to day life, bringing art and design, imagination and inspiration into otherwise ordinary moments. I do not believe in being different for the sake of it, but would rather give traditional values a respectful twist.
The most important recurring theme in my work, and constant inspiration, is a result of having grown up very close to the sea for most of my life. It has always fascinated me – not just the creatures in it, but also the interplay of light and water. From the ordered chaos of white horses on a choppy sea to the synergy of a school of anchovies – there seems to be enough inspiration in and around the sea and its shores to last many lifetimes.
My current location in a small town at the foot of a great mountain has led to the introduction of new terrestrial themes. Recent works explore some of the possibilities of abstracted design: combining randomness with structure, examining the relationship between sharp and blurry lines as well as the interplay between colour and pattern in oxide painted earthenware and high fired blue and white porcelain.