The ceramic shard collection came about through a chance find of pottery pieces near the site of an old brick works on the Kent coast. Some of the pieces date from the mid 19th century when household rubbish from London was transported to the region by barge. The pieces sat around in my studio for several weeks before I knew what I wanted to do with them.
One day I spotted a piece with a blue and white pattern and suddenly saw it as a teacup. The idea of adding a saucer and a handle in silver to enhance it came easily after that first leap of imagination. I work with each fragment individually as they all have different shapes and patterns.
It takes about two days to complete each unique piece. When they are finished they have a new meaning but you can still see the marks of their age next to the shiny, silver additions; the old married to the new is what gives them their charm and quality.