As an exercise psychologist, I’m interested in bodies and how we experience our world through our senses. Ceramics is an extension of this, with the multisensory aspects of ceramics particularly captivating me. Our hands contain about 10,000 nerves, of at least 20 different kinds. When we touch a pot (or clay), our fingers give us information on the coolness, the textures, the shape, and all this information interacts with our visual perception of the piece. If the piece is functional then you might also experience the smells and tastes of food or drink in a bowl or mug, the scent of a candle in a candelabra or flowers in a vase. It might be for this reason that I enjoy making (nominally) functional work which you can stroke or look at every time you walk past or interact with it. Visually, I love contrasts of colours and textures and light reflections, and using terracotta or black clays particularly appeal to me for this reason. I love handbuilding quirky, wonky pieces with character.