Year upon year my work changes and grows but there are many common threads that have been there since the beginning. When each year’s work is laid out in sequence I start to see commonalities such as an unconsciously consistent colour palette. I also feel a strong need to illustrate my ceramics with intricate drawings and patterns. These are often drawn from life, whether it’s seaweed along the coast or tall ferns and grasses in Kelvingrove park, near where I live in Glasgow. From day one my sketchbook has always been a vital tool for mulling over different forms and patterns.
I am happy to leave behind these past styles of work and develop new collections, but I think it is important to acknowledge them and show that every pot is part of a progression which is constantly evolving and changing in subtle and wonderful ways.
A selection of current work is available to buy in the Jen Smith Ceramics Shop