Frost Shattering Clay
My early experience of study as a mature student will no doubt resonate with many in mysituation. When I started on my MA in Ceramics at the University of Central Lancashire,
UK, after a generation of studio work as a hobbyist, I was resolved to make a change in my work and to attempt, afresh, a way of expressing my love of the broader landscape and of my chosen medium. I am influenced by the natural landscape and, through my MA, my aim has been to explore how I might reflect some of the qualities of landscape through clay. I wanted to represent the overlying patterns of currents of the earth – the directional drift of the continental plates; ocean-currents that flow around them and the corresponding weather pathways as well as the power of glacial ice-flows and the drama of coastal land forms – and to project these into a ceramic form.