Fiona was born in Yorkshire and has always been interested in the natural world. After going back to education in 1998 Fiona studied ceramics in a part time capacity and then became technician and part time lecturer at Harrogate college. Fiona was awarded with a first class BA honours at Harrogate College in June 2010.
Fiona’s work is noticeably influenced by landscape, and the nature in the landscape. Each piece is hand-built or slip cast and carved. Coloured slips are used and burnished to create a smooth finish and then the piece is bisque fired to 980°. One of Fiona’s ranges focuses on the wonderful world of butterflies. Enabling an exciting development of colourful forms. The final firing for the butterfly pots is Raku, the drama of which appeals to her both as a maker, and as an appropriate way to finish the work.
Fiona has also been making moulds and casting from pumpkins grown on her allotment, then applying slips and carving holes so they can be lit with the lights provided creating subtle patterns on the area around the pumpkins. The final firing for the pumpkins and the clocks is to 1220° in an electric kiln this makes them more durable.
Heart Gallery was blown away by Fiona’s work when we first met her in April 2012 and couldn’t wait to showcase her pieces. We hope you are as excited about her work as we are; the little battery operated light in the pumpkin gives it a lovely red, blue or green glow.