I’m really into making slipware. I use terracotta clay because it has a deep, rich depth of colour and is a dream to throw with. It feels like melting chocolate through my fingertips.
I’m very interested in surfaces. When you brush white slip over terracotta it has a deep earthy quality. I work quickly on this, scratching into it (sgraffitto) with random scribbles and doodles. It’s an instinctive and intuitive process. I do not deliberate or labour over the surfaces. I like to mess them up a little too with a few random splats of coloured slip or underglaze.
It’s all about the human element for me, layering up surfaces, rather like a painter at a canvas…. mark making and doodling.
I finish off my pieces with a clear lead-free earthenware glaze. This makes them smooth to touch and also durable for everyday use.