About The Clay Effect
My first encounter with clay was in 2007, when I came across a charming cherubic statuette that was beyond my budget. After many visits to this quirky homeware store just to see this bathing beauty, it was suggested to me that I could make one for half the price. I found myself following Nancy, the willowy blonde shop assistant, out to the back of shop to meet the artist Jane, and booking in to create my very own chubby clay gal in a bathing suit.
From that moment I was hooked. I did not know it back then, it was love at first touch, and I have been on an incredible journey ever since. Flying by the seat of my pants, I have grown as a sculptor through experiential learning, taking on new challenges, high fiving the occasional success and embracing everything else, developing a range of skills as I learn how to complete a piece from idea to reality.
Given progress over perfection, I am a proficient life study sculptor, believing that it is the foundation of a sculptor’s technical training, where we learn to “see” and develop the dexterity to translate our sight to form.
I have discovered the unlikely partnership of clay and plaster through piece-mould making, solving the dilemma of replication and repetition when trying to successfully fire one’s work. Currently, I am exploring colour and texture, finding my way with glaze alchemy, and learning lessons from the kiln with each firing.
As I continue to learn and grow as a sculptor and ceramicist, the Clay Effect brings together all the elements of my journey, my passion and vision into the next stage of my life as an Artist.