"Pennate" Wall Diatomsold:)
Process: Some of the pieces are embellished with hand-built elements, or carved or impressed using rocks, coral, or other tools. They are then dried slowly and fired to cone 6 in an oxidation kiln. The carefully crafted glazes are created from scratch, and lovingly matched to each piece. The glazes that I create are chosen to reflect the natural colours that are found in plants and flowers, shells and fossils.
Artist Statement: My work in clay investigates the symmetry and beauty of nature and the joy of the creative process. The work involves the close exploration of plants; their texture, symmetry and complex structures. Mathematical ratios in nature, and particularly Fibonacci numbers and the Golden Mean are keen interests, and reflect in my work. A new series of microscopic undersea and fossil work is unfolding, and I am creating a new series of glazes to compliment this work. Currently, Diatoms, a type of microscopic algae are my main focus, and it is challenging and delightful to attempt to re-create these incredible forms. By changing the scale, I hope to show others the beauty I see in this tiny, miraculous plant life.