"Whilst my work is generally classified as Lustreware, over many years, in the ongoing search for new colours, glazes and firing practices, I have developed variations on traditional lusterware techniques which yield a broader palette of colour and texture. I do, however, sometimes layer traditional techniques with the new when aiming for particular effects, but in most of the time I work at temperatures higher than would be considered normal for lustre to generate the colours I need.
Living on the Atlantic edge of Cornwall much of my work attempts to portray the drama of the natural world with which surrounds me: the meeting of the land and sea, the constantly changing light , the weather, the great storms, the movement of wind and waves, the sculpting of the landscape and vegetation by relentless natural processes . The rich dark lustre colours are suggestive of the deep shadows in the rugged granite landscape or the depth of the ocean; the shimmering gold and silver metallic lustres may portray light reflected or shattered by water and the jewel like colours the sky.
There are two main strands to my work, although they are related. Firstly there are the Vessel Forms, usually thrown and referring to recognisably utilitarian objects, bowls, bottles and vase forms, sculptural in intent, rather than being intended for use. These may be used as vehicles for narrative decoration, or their forms may be defined by colour and texture. Secondly there are the Sculptural Pieces, abstract in form, often suggestive of wind or wave eroded rocks, currents of air, or tidal flows, with saturated colour matt or metallic glazes describing the play of light on their surfaces" Sutton Taylor
Public collections include: Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Leeds City Art Gallery and Museum, Leeds; Leicestershire Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester; Melbourne Museum, Australia; Musee de Vallauris, France; Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead; Southampton City Art Gallery and Museum; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; York City Art Gallery; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool