About ME

My previous profession as a midwife is integral to who I am, my creativity and how I interact with the versatile and varied material of clay. My skills and understanding of materiality facilitate the realization of ideas and values within my work. Unity within diversity underpins nature and humanity and the joy of making is reflected in my making which I hope increases accessibility and interaction with the pieces created. Reflective drawings of my work provide new perspectives and contribute to ideas and shapes to subsequent pieces or collections.

 

Vessels hold something within them albeit fluids, food or the ideas and values of the maker. They have been used by people for many purposes, and have an integral resonance with us, giving parts of a pot names of the body like foot, neck, and belly. Clay comes from the rocks beneath reflecting geology, time, and place much as we do and allows me to create reflecting on nature, our complex heritage, and surroundings.

 

More information is available in my Artist Book and video, links below.

 

Artists Book: The Joy of Clays Diversity

Video: Journey in Clay with Process and Light from Clare Stephens on Vimeo


Article: https://studentblogs.cardiffmet.ac.uk/from-midwife-to-ceramicist-my-journey-as-a-cardiff-met-mature-student/

Clay is my passion