Marcel Duchamp’s ‘3 Standard Stoppages’ [1913-14] has been a big influence. To describe it (badly), it’s three line drawings and three wooden forms that he made based on having dropped three pieces string from a certain height, and then seeing the different shapes they created when they fell. I think there’s something exciting about not allowing yourself to overthink what you do; maybe you’re working within a set of parameters, but when you give up control, you kind of get to see what happens when your mind has it’s back turned, and I find it’s usually more interesting than the work I make when I’m thinking and planning too much.
When it comes to designing patterns for ceramic pots, I also like to take inspiration from completely different processes like screen printing and etching, and the sorts of mark making you get from drawing and embroidery.
You’re a member of Clay Collective – how does it work?
We’re a co-operative workspace in Hackney that started in 2015. It’s pretty hard to find affordable space in London, and setting up a ceramics studio requires a lot of expensive kit, so as a co-op we’ve been able to create the kind of facility that none of us would have been able to start alone.
Sharing the space with other makers – there are 12 of us in Clay Collective – and building a community together has been invaluable. We help each other troubleshoot technical problems and share tips, celebrate successes and commiserate failures. Over the years we’ve become quite a female heavy group (completely unintentionally… I think). It’s the first time I’ve worked in an (almost) all-female space, and I’m really enjoying the dynamic we’ve got going on.