The collection and use of local materials is integral to my work. I intentionally source my own local materials, using them unrefined to show my personal relationship with the landscape, the materials within it and my past experiences from where they were collected.
My research into local materials is ongoing. I have tested a number of local clays dug from the nearby moor-land, which I either blend with other clays or apply to the surface of a pot as a slip. The beach aggregate I use is a coarse black sand from the coast behind the studio, where I also collect seaweed.
I am constantly bringing different stones back to test. My next investment will be a ball mill, which will enable me to make powders from local geological samples, for use in glazes. It is a great pleasure to get out of the studio and into the beautiful surroundings to collect new samples.