My move to the coast in 2005 has begun to significantly influence my work. The strong traditions of the fishing community with the fierce loyalty to the lifeboat station demand research into a series of historical events which provide a good starting point for imagery which is derived from a new perspective on water and rocks. Although the study of water (its movement, speed, direction, force and noise) has always been an influence, the nature of these characteristics is very different in the sea and the way it abuts the land. Force and power assume more significance and have a greater effect on the lives of people who depend on the sea for their livelihood. The immediate coast where I now live has a variety of different characteristics that provide an interesting basis for current work.
I have also recently started to throw pots again, the decoration on which derives from the same starting points that influence my larger handbuilt pieces.