'Having taken time out from my job as an estate manager to raise a family, I found myself with too much time on my hands once my son started school. I've always dabbled in art, mainly watercolours and whilst looking at getting back into painting I stumbled across a ceramics evening class which then led to me undertaking a part time art and design course at Cleveland college of art. The course introduced me to textiles, glass and jewellery as well as working with clay. Now knowing clay was the direction I wanted to take, I set up my own studio with kilns at home where I am embarking on a journey of self teaching, experimenting with various different clays, hand building techniques and surface decoration. My work is largely influenced by animals and sea life, sometimes with a surreal twist.'