I have a degree in Fine Art from Durham University, and have taught design and ceramics in schools and colleges for over 30 years. Since retiring I have been experimenting with various media including reclaimed and recycled materials. The theme of "boat sculptures" emerged over time and this is what I now enjoy and concentrate on. My sculptures vary in size from a metre in length down to a few centimeters, the size being dictated mainly by the materials I find. I can often be observed visiting local skips. Old furniture, gates and fencing for example form a rich supply of wood for hulls, but I find much that we discard can be put to use. The rustier and more damaged, the better. Essentially I want my sculptures to be fun, but I hope that by using the materials in a witty way I can bring out the beauty in much that we throw away.