To my delight I was accepted to the two-year diploma programme at Clay College in 2017– please see www.claycollegestoke.co.uk. My graduation project has take me in a totally new direction – while I used to be a thrower I have become a hand builder – working with porcelain paper clay and porcelain casting slip.
Based in the Spitalfields area of East London, UK, I have been a ceramicist on and off since 1983, and am currently completing a unique two year programme as one of the first students of Clay College, in Stoke-on-Trent. Whilst previously a dedicated thrower, I have extended my skills to hand building, developing a specialist line in lighting pieces.
I make table and pendant lights in translucent porcelain, and tea-light candleholders also form part of my range. I grew up in Sweden, where lighting is important in helping to diffuse the dark winter nights and makes an important contribution to stylish home and business interiors. My lights draw on the sparseness and elegance of form characteristic of the Scandinavian style.
Built with porcelain paper clay or fabric drenched with porcelain slip, my objects are thin and translucent and retain the supple structures of their functional materials. Each piece develops its unique persona as it is constructed. They are then fired in in an oxidising atmosphere. The table top lamps are set on a contrasting black ceramic base.