Repetition in Nature

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I’m not sure where the idea for this came from, I feel it must be the forest floor. You can find a lot when you’re scrambling through the woods; nuts, seeds, tracks, breadcrumbs…

I love the detail found in nature, subtle repetition that makes up this natural construction.

I found myself in some kind of meditative trance making these forms. Little pin pricks, piercing the clay with an addictive sound. I’m imagining them in contrasting, unnatural colours, like candy disguised as natural organisms but actually they’re full of E numbers.

New Studio

I have finally found a new nest, for a few months at least. You can find me tucked away up a cobbled street in Belper with the lovely Creatii. (www.creartii.co.uk)

After a busy few weeks with crazy sales thanks to the amazing Jealous Curator, I have decided to focus on 'for the hell of it' sculpture for a while. First stop, ceramic totem poles. Can't wait to see these in full colour. 

Next Batch of Good

After some panicked searching for kiln space, the university kindly offered one more load of work. I have had great fun making these twisty boobie ladies. Fingers crossed they come out looking amazing!

Keep an eye out for them in the museum shop!

Swimming Ladies

Starting to really love Mondays. After a whole weekend of waiting with bated breath while my little treasures cook away inside the kiln, the anticipation is almost too much.

Today, three lady swimmers swam right out of the oven, rich with colour and flush in the cheeks. After three whole days of continuous exercise they are ready for a cup of tea and a big slice of cake. 

Adélie Blues

Adélie populations have fallen by more than 65% in the past 25 years. The biggest threat to them right now is climate change.

In parts of the Antarctic peninsula, sea ice cover has reduced by over 60% in 30 years. One of the Adélies’ main food source, krill, needs ice to breed and feed under, and the loss of ice is causing a decline in krill in some areas. Warmer temperatures can also have an affect on chick hatching times, and they may hatch at times when food is scarce.