The strong forces of nature have effects on the landscape which are clearly seen throughout the Isle of Skye. A deep sense of this is important when I work with the clay. I try to let go of some of my desire to control the process and work in partnership with the clay. This allows a more natural development of textures which better reflect the formation and erosion in the geology of the land.
My interest in the effects of human action – handling and using each piece – has helped me to find techniques that encourage the development of textures on the surface of a tight and formal vessel. There is a tension between the texture of the exterior and the expected functionality of the inside, held together by the outline of the rim that joins the two.