When I think back on what has influenced my work I have to say the casserole made by Michael Cardew in Africa has to be my number one favourite pot and biggest influence. I saw this pot for sale at an auction house for around $1800 and thought if only!!! I love this pot and tried to copy it many times as a young potter. My big rolls are a direct influence of this pot. The paintings of Peiter Bruegal the Flemish painter had me lusting to attend a 15-16 century drunken orgy just so that I could drink from one of those handsome steins with the thumbed bottom. I often think I belong to another age.
In an exhibition, so I had to keep my hands in my pockets!!