Some favourite pieces
This portfolio shows some of my personal favourites. The first two pots were made nearly 40 years ago!
All of these pots were made for the exhibition of the same name at The Old Fire Engine House, Ely in 2012. This was indeed a new departure for me – many of the pieces were formed over hump moulds and most were decorate using coloured slips under a clear glaze.
One-off pieces and small series
I always work on small batches of pieces at a time even if they will finally be individually glazed. This gives a fluency to the work. Most of these pots were made for an exhibition at the Old Fire Engine House in Ely in 2009.
In the past I have designed and supplied tableware to many UK outlets including David Mellor, Heal's, The Conran Shop and Not On The High Street
Assemblages of found objects
While I was unable to make pots I took to assembling pictures from found objects (fabric, nails, stones, metal, plastic etc) which I later mounted on canvas or board.
From 1991-2014 I lived in Cambridgeshire and was an active member of Cambridge Open Studios serving many years on the management team.
I am an Irish potter, trained in Paris in a Japanese tradition, now living and working in France. Fascinated, as a child, by seeing pots being thrown I took the first opportunity that presented itself and when I was 20 became apprenticed at the Atelier du Cheval a l'Envers in Paris. Later I worked as a production thrower at Chelsea Pottery in London, and in 1991 set up my own studio in Burwell then Soham. In 2008 my husband, Roger Coleman and I bought a little house in France near to the famous pottery village of La Borne and in 2014 we moved there permanently. Just after we moved I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and thought I would never make pots again! But thanks to my brilliant Rheumatologist, modern medecine and a great physiotherapist I am back in my lovely studio where I am again designing and handmaking one-off pieces and high quality tableware.
My enforced 4 year "sabbatical" has given me pause for thought – as I couldn't make pots I started "assembling" pictures from found objects. Moving to a new country brings its own challenges and opportunities – the cultural differences force me to look again at what I do. The words designer, maker, potter, ceramist, artisan, artist all carry different weight in translation. How all of this will influence my future work I don't know but I intend to have fun finding out. One thing is sure – my work will still be focussed on "making the everyday special".
I will be updating my website soon. And if you're passing by Sancerre anytime please do drop in. Just send an email to make sure I'm not out on my bike!