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Sam started her life in ceramics by taking weekly pottery lessons which continued for a year or so. After this, she developed her knowledge and technique using books, the internet and knowledge from others.
Her inspiration comes from her love of pattern and colour, as well as hints from textile construction. Though she did not go through any formal training, she has spent a long time experimenting with techniques best suited to applying pattern to the surfaces of her pieces.
Sam’s work is made from flat slabs of clay. Coloured liquid clays, called slips, are applied to the surface before the slabs are constructed into their 3D forms. She enjoys the imperfections the process brings, quite often pushing the clay out to create a more textured and interesting surface. Though she works with templates, the methods ensure no two pieces will ever be exactly the same.
She tries to approach her life with a sense of fun, and hopes that this translates into her work.