My ceramic and shagreen bangles and bowls were selected for the touring exhibition, Rising Stars 2014, which travelled from New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham to Milton Keynes Arts Centre and ended at Smiths Row, Bury St Edmonds.

The exhibited pieces were inspired by an initial visit to the Holburne Museum in Bath. I was drawn to the material, shagreen, created from ground, polished and dyed stingray skin. Its granular and tough surface is seen on many pieces in the museum’s collection, ranging from spectacle cases to small delicate boxes. Popular in the 17th and early 18th centuries, it was also referenced by Josiah Wedgwood for a decorative tableware pattern.

I wanted to give this beautiful and light reflecting material a modern twist by offsetting it against contemporary porcelain. Choosing to frame the shagreen against coloured ceramic allowed me to play with a complimentary colour scheme.