When looking at a shell on the beach, a stone made beautiful by the endless caress of the tide, objects, forms, things created over time by the earth, I am awed by the skill of nature. I have longed to be able to make things that look as natural as if nature had made them, to create objects that resonate with a timeless quality, with a feeling of a genesis beyond the constructed and manufactured.
The spiral is ubiquitous for human beings. Astronomers see its structure in celestial bodies; scientists see it in the infinitesimal DNA helix. I think of it as a symbol and signature of the infinite. In my work I’m attempting to create surfaces and textures that have a timeless quality, something that is difficult to date to a specific culture or place. This complemented with the form of the pieces creates a synthesis which I feel gives them an archetypal presence.
My aim is that the aesthetic of the finished object is visually striking but also has a familiarity because of the form and the post-firing techniques that make the most out of the least materials. The finish is straightforward yet complex and therefore creates a dialectic that I feel transcends simple visual meaning, moving into iconic or ceremonial territory. Just as when visiting ruins of a once great civilization you are connected back to something that supersedes your own cultural familiarity, the work should seek to remind you of the past in the present.