Spending time in the forest – walking, gathering sticks, collecting sap and drawing – has rekindled my passion for nature and for the forest in particular.

A new series of sculptures and drawings has emerged on the theme of ‘nests’. Loosely constructed from porcelain and stoneware paperclay slabs, I incorporate bits of natural materials, colour and texture.

After the pieces are fired, I weave through a wire support to float the nests. The ideas that I am exploring include the nest as a metaphor for sustenance and creating one’s home and family. I am interested in the relationship between form and surface and the contrast of the weight of the clay versus the lightness of the wire support, creating tension and searching for balance.