Inspired by plants in all of their forms, from the hairy opening bud
of a poppy, to the perfect Fibonacci sequence that is an opened Dahlia. Frances likes to study the mathematics of the plant, maybe the flower or the seedcase, and see the patterns that have been formed during its growth. She builds her forms using these patterns as guidance. "I like to play with the scale, this can abstract
the form and my sculptures are often as large as I can build them, this means that the plant is then represented to us as an insect may see it."
Generally she builds her work in the round, but in the last year or so she has had great fun working on framed wall pieces which give me the freedom to work in a far more detailed and delicate manner as the work is supported during making and firing. The latest collection, inspired by The Blue Planet has been investigating the forms of underwater ‘flowers’ in all their tentacled glory. The work is made in fine white stoneware for strength and colour response. The sculptures all start on the wheel and the internal forms are thrown before modelling onto them. The colours and the glazes are painted on by hand.