This body of work moves towards a more compatible alignment of material and conceptual content. The porcelain forms I?ve made for some years have always been underpinned by concerns for an environment at risk. As a consequence this show attempts to address my use of resources in object making.
I have changed the way that I work to ensure that there is minimal environmental impact. Most of the power used in firing is supplied by solar panels and steps have been taken to minimise waste in the studio. This journey has also taken me from making works almost exclusively in cast porcelain, through a variety of recycled media into a current obsession with charcoal, which is salvaged from winter fires. Wood for the fire is cut from old fence posts and fallen branches sourced from local farms. Fuel that would otherwise be piled in a paddock and burnt in ways that are much more polluting than my slow combustion stove. Within a wider conceptual framework, charcoal is linked to scientific investigations into biochar as a soil rejuvenator and an effective means of carbon capture. It can also refer to current political debates about carbon trading.