I study birds through drawing. My particular interest is their expressions, the attitudes that they strike and the seemingly infinite variations between different types of birds.

I then model directly in clay, working quickly over the main body of the bird, a kind of 3D sketch giving the impression of light bulk. I let the clay speak, the marks of the making process are left, showing the energy of modelling and this contributes to the feeling that somehow these birds could be alive and might just move.

I finish them using slips, oxides and glazes that evoke both the soft, subtle qualities of plumage and the coastal rocks and chalk from my local landscape.

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