'For real sustainability, we must look to ceramics'
(Miodownik, Stuff Matters, 2014, p.203)
On the Sustainable Design MA, I have been exploring using waste from the ceramics industry. Experimenting with different possibilities in the construction and technique to create new pieces to give value and meaning to the material and the work created from it.
Ideally I’d like everyone to stop wasting materials, to stop throwing out perfectly serviceable items and for industry to embrace the circular economy ideal.
A recent discovery that my great-great grandad was a rag and bone man in Hastings has been enlightening. I have spent my life skip raiding, jumble sale-ing, mending, repairing and making stuff out of whatever I can lay my hands on without knowing that it was in my blood to do this.
My first degree specialised in ceramics and since then I have been employed as a ceramics technician, as well as bringing up children and growing vegetables on an allotment.