My sculptures are inspired by organic natural forms such as shells, rocks, and plants and the rhythms and colours of the coast. I spend a lot of time on the beach, picking up shells and stones and watching the way the tide comes in and out, creating rhythmic patterns and wonderful curves and depressions. I also love my garden, where many of my sculptures live. I love the way things grow, and especially the wonderful shapes of the more exotic plants. I tend to work in themes, which have included the female form, heads and Wild Blooms which are decidedly unfeminine floral forms. The clay I use makes a difference to the way the forms emerge. At present I am working on tall standing forms that explore movement and rhythm and that have a strong sense of the coast. I use slips and oxides to increase the dramatic potential. With the recent sculptures, in Gallery 1, I use a slip I make from the clay on Westward Ho! beach to give a sense of place. In many ways, the sculptures embody experience of change, re-growth and the reinvigoration of identity. They are strong statements, and work equally well in the home or garden.
I completed a degree in Fine Art (Sculpture) in 1967 and was selected to exhibit in the Young Contemporaries Exhibition at the Tate Gallery. I exhibited in and around London for twelve years, including at South Hill Park, Bracknell where I built a large play sculpture, while teaching at Holland Park Comprehensive School, the Cockpit Arts Workshop in Marylebone and the National Portrait Gallery. In 1980, I took up a lectureship in Museum Studies at Leicester University. I established a ceramic sculpture studio in the Department of Adult Education while building Museum Studies as a discipline, and becoming Head of Department, Professor (Hooper-Greenhill) and founding Director of the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG). For the last twelve years I have been loving the quiet experience of working my studio by the sea as I reconstruct my identity as an artist.
I regularly exhibit at Broomhill Arts Hotel with North Devon Arts, at the Burton Museum and Art Gallery with WHOBID, and at RHS Rosemoor in the Winter Sculpture Exhibition. In 2018, I am exhibiting in Rosemoor Learning Centre with Richard Meyer (September 1 – October 7), and in the RHS gallery with Westcountry Potters (September 29-October 14). I take part each year during September in Art Trek, North Devon Open Studios. I was awarded Second Prize in the South West Academy for Fine and Applied Art (SWAc) Open Exhibition 2013, Exeter, for one of my small female porcelain figures (Ice Age Matron 2). I exhibited at Gloss Gallery in Exeter until it closed in early 2015, have work at Portland Gallery in Ilfracombe, West Down Sculpture Gardens, Bradworthy, and Jill Rousseau Gallery, Bideford, where I was one of her first Artist Showcase artists. I was Chair of Appledore Arts from 2011-2013 and am currently Chair of North Devon Arts.