Angela has been designing and making ceramic tiles since graduating with a BA Hons in 3D design and craft from the University of Brighton in 1992. She started out her ceramic life in vibrant shared artists’ studios in central London and now back in Brighton from a garden workshop.
After many years sharing workshops in London and Brighton, Angela is now settled in her workshop, situated in a garden where her fruit and vegetable tiles
grow alongside the apples and onions. Butterfly, bird, flower and fish tiles busily evolve by the herbaceous borders and her amoebae tiles multiply within spitting distance of their mutating brethren in the compost heap.
She is inspired by her location in a city surrounded by the sea and the Downs. Recently Angela has been obsessed by a childhood memory of a copse of trees on a hilltop and has been making a series of tiles based on this image.
Angela takes plaster casts to capture textures and forms and uses found objects – bits of broken clocks or golf tees – to make marks and patterns. She loves drawing into and building up textures on clay using slip and then covering them in highly transparent glazes which pick up every mark: not all intentional.
Making moulds perfectly satisfies the urge she has to repeat again and again, but tweaking them slightly, as birds, fish, butterflies and vegetables all have unique characters with subtle differences.
Angela quite often makes bespoke tiles to commission and these sometimes lead to a whole new range of tiles.