My latest project since July 2013
I’ve taken inspiration from visiting ancient ruins, monasteries and disused buildings to create a group of sculptures that symbolise the importance of conserving more of our buildings today. I got to thinking about what these places represent for people personally as I believe buildings and the land on which they are built remain central to all our lives.
I’m in favour of harmonising old and new in building design and the materials I work with when making ceramic sculpture. For this project I aimed to limit the new materials I would use by recycling and adapting moulds and sculptures I’d previously made. I made up my own clay using recycled additions including gritty particles from a river close to my home. I also chose to use concrete as it’s been used over thousands of years in buildings of historical importance and its popular today for its longevity.
I focussed particularly on two very different locations to assist me with my ideas. The sites I used were Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire and ruins of the ancient city of Aptera in Crete.