My work is influenced by the landscape around me on the Isle of Skye: the erosion of the hills by forces of climate and human intervention; patterns of the past drawn across the surfaces; the natural textures of clay reflecting this. I make functional forms, mostly bowls and jars because they are innately human vessels. I try to achieve tension between the spontaneous textures and the formality of the vessel form. The pots are hand formed by texturing, stretching and carving. I use several firing processes, raku, wood, and saggar, giving a wide and subtle range of colour and density.