If you have a time deadline, for a birthday or other date, please get in touch with me at least three months in advance - or buy one of my finished pieces available now. You can pay via bank transfer, cheque or Paypal, whichever suits you best.
Artworks take months, occasionally years to bring to fruition. Every single one is formed and decorated by hand and carefully finished to a high standard to ensure longevity. It's not a manufacturing process, work can only be one of a kind.
This is living art, the spirit that I see and feel; manifested nature. For many artworks I journey into Shamanic non ordinary reality to collect them and they reflect that, even my more functional work. Everything is infused with the healing energy of Reiki, even when crystals are not part of the work.
Sometimes I work from a blank canvas beginning, but never an ordinary one. A part of a tree in some shape or form, a varnished board, a turntable, a tablet of shaped ceramic, a circular plastic board, a slice of slate, a sketch or (and) a selection of crystals on my work table. Sometimes there is a poem for you too but there is always the story of your piece's creation and how it was made, materials etc.
I can provide commission references if you want to talk to someone about the journey and process. I trust the artistic process that guides me implicitly yet when I make an individual piece for you on commission, I like us to meet and talk by email, if not in the flesh. I can source and use healing crystals that appeal to you if you wish them included to work with your budget. Completed commissions include World Tree, Sun & Moon Sarsen Henge, Axis Mundi, Hermit, Charlotte's Charm, Incense Holder.
Each artwork is signed, sometimes twice. The first is usually cut into the wet clay when it is beginning to harden and the second is often applied when final decoration is complete. I will also sign and date the bottom of a stand I make.
I apply a protective coating to the finished article if the media used makes that sensible. The base is cleaned and cushioned by felt, non slip feet or mounted so that they will not damage the surface you put them on.
As much as I admire Chinese and Korean ceramics I do not attempt to copy their smooth finishes, in part because I do not have access to their materials and equipment and in part because I feel that organic work should mirror its origins; a leaf has its own texture, for example, and its form becomes less and less pristine as the seasons progress. Imperfectly perfect. Eventually we tread their dead dry husks beneath our feet or they become leaf mould, returning their nutrients to the earth. And so the life cycle completes.
Light, angle of view, empty space around an artwork are all considerations. Pieces within an artwork are often movable. That interactiveness is part and parcel of my arts practice. I like you to be able to move elements around. For example, turning a crystal point towards you invigorates, pointing it away draws energy off and away.
I also recognise that you might want a particular piece you see here in which case we’ll work out how you can get it home (if it's not already sold).
Not everything I’ve made is pictured here in my on line galleries. Work was given away or sold without a photograph being taken or a note being kept of what or how. In 2008 I began recording data on every piece.
In my portfolio (1999-2010) I include the more technical aspects of the journey to bring a piece to completion. You may have a copy of that that as your unique Certificate of Authenticity with your artwork placed first - often with the story behind its making so you understand the journey it represents, to add to your enjoyment.
My art is very mixed media. This may include: