Since graduating in 1979 from West Surrey College of Art and Design Farnham with a BA Hons in Ceramics,Wendy has had a career of making and selling her own work alongside her teaching. She has been working in her current studio in West Sussex for the last 10 years.
There are two areas of Wendy’s work: elegant forms, burnished and smoke-fired, and textural pieces coloured with slips, underglaze colours and oxides with multiple electric-kiln firings. Influences come from just about anything, especially the natural world and in particular coastal areas and ethnographic art. Wendy’s pots are mostly vessels, coiled and pinched, with some thrown pieces; they are all scraped back and either burnished or worked on to create textures. Recently she has been experimenting with more sculptural slab pieces. Wendy finds using oxides gives her the same balance between the control she is able to imposed and the accidental random markings that she particularly appreciates when smoke-firing.