I was born in London and spent the first 15 years of my life living there. I then embarked on a great two year adventure to New Orleans. I'm not sure what my mother was thinking when she agreed to that but it certainly had an effect on my formative years!
I studied at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (N.O.C.C.A) which is where I first found pottery. Luckily my teacher let me stay after school to practice and I became addicted.
After graduating high school I returned to London and studied ceramics at Camberwell College of Art and Design, part of University of the Arts London. Fast forward to 2009 and I was back in New Orleans and back making pottery. In the last two years I have set up my own studio The London Clayworks where I teach and rent out space to other artists.
I work in porcelain and stoneware clay making mainly functional work. My work has a modern and simple feel, concentrating on clean lines. My quest is to find that perfect form and I'd like to think I get a little closer every day.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words.
Modern, Clean, Simple
Describe yourself in one word.
What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work?
I love the relaxed atmosphere in New Orleans. People here are very kind and want you to succeed. In two years of owning The London Clayworks we have already built a lovely community of artists and students, it's a wonderful place to work and I can always ask for feedback on my work from the other artists.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
One piece of work tends to follow on from the next as I analyze what I last made and think how to improve it. I get some ideas as I'm drifting off to sleep or first thing in the morning and frequently get shapes stuck in my head until I get a chance to make them
Where do you draw inspiration?
I love looking at other craftsman's work, not just pottery but wood, textiles and other mediums. Most of my inspiration comes from the act of sitting at the wheel for long periods of time.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
Lucie Rie! I find her work utterly amazing, nothing else has come close for me. I could stare at her work for hours, it just does something to me.
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
Aphex Twin - Ambient Works, but maybe that's because it's one of my favorites to listen to while I work. It would have to me some kind of atmospheric electronic music
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
Still in my studio but doing all the other work that needs to get done
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
Monday and Friday.
Early afternoon on days where I've got a lot done and then realize I still have loads of time to work.
hmmm it's always been sprin/summer but I guess here in New Orleans it's spring and fall.
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Where You Can Find My Work
All works listed online are available to be viewed at Where Y’Art Gallery by appointment.
New Orleans Museum of Modern Art
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art
5 Press Street Gallery
Press Street Station
Arts Market New Orleans