I’m honoured to also hold the position of a traditional figurative maker, as well as having other experimental threads to my ceramic career. This was the starting point of my career (when I attended the Royal College of Art) and lots of other fields of work have evolved from this one. This kind of work remains close to my heart. I hand-build all of my figures, working directly from loose sketches. The messages portrayed often consist of social commentary with flecks of political reflection. I cut out a piece of life (sometimes taken or inspired by news articles, or even situations that surround me, not just as an artist, but as a person) and put them up for display and, naturally, lead to a discussion. Some of my figurative work is punchier and bitter-sweet—often with visually vibrant features, whilst depicting less vibrant, grittier scenes. I explore how humans, as individual, imperfect creatures, respond to the systematic societal nature of modern life. All of my figures are lovable and captivating, but not all of them are physically beautiful. Through my work, I give people (with the most ‘beautiful’ qualities I believe there to be) the pedestal; human qualities.