My style was originally influenced by UK potter John Pollex, himself inspired by abstract artist Howard Hodgkin. I bought one of John’s ceramic pieces, and when I moved home to Ireland in 1996, with an ancient kiln and wheel, my work grew from there. Almost 20 years later, John recently spent a week with me and imparted invaluable practical tuition, inspiring me anew.
I think everyday objects should be things of beauty. My pots are the bright, shapely accompaniment to food, drink or flowers on the table. When I approach the decorating of a pot, it becomes more than one piece – every way you turn it, it has a different face: a different personality, pattern and mix of colour. I enjoy the freedom of painting on fine ceramic forms. They brighten my day. I want them to brighten yours.