"I learn through my hands and eyes and skin what I could never learn through my brain." -M.C Richards
I am a potter. I began making pots as an apprentice back in 2013 around the same time as my yoga practice developed. The two have been entwined in my daily life ever since. As an artist, I make a point of consciously engaging in an ongoing dialogue between body and material. There is a parallel sense of awareness, grounding and centering to be found in both yoga and clay work, most acutely felt in the recognition of the beautiful dance between opposing forces in a quest for stillness. Finding control through contraction, focus and concentration only to relinquish, let go and expand into creativity is integral to my work as a potter and is mirrored in my experience of yoga.
I am intrigued by the reciprocity generated and felt through bodily and material awareness. The interplay between contraction and expansion, the visible and the invisible, the in-breath and the out-breath; this can be found both in the body and the in the body’s interaction with the clay.
My work evolves as my skills and perspectives as a maker grow and alter. Over the past year, for example, writing, drawing and mark-making have all become integral to the way I work. If I become stuck, I draw. If I want to understand an object or a feeling generated by an object, I write a poem or a line. If I feel I can't move forward, making marks on paper in ink, graphite, pencil, pastel and clay creates a sense of unblocking, an outpouring of clogged up ideas and images clearing the way for fresh, new making.
I aim to immerse myself in process and do not restrict myself to working with clay. It seems that getting lost in any process, be it hand-building or coiling, throwing or print-making, walking or writing, generates further process. Through the act of engaging so acutely with a single activity, images, objects and ideas start to appear before me, and the boundaries and strictures placed upon me by each process act as a container for these future explorations.