Carys’s inspiration is drawn from the natural environment, ancient artefacts and cultures, along with the myriad options for surface design and finish. Carys originally trained as a printmaker, completing her degree in 1996, this often shows through in the detail of the surface decoration. In 2009 she revisited her love of clay and began to learn the technical skills to make clay her canvas.
She is drawn to contrasts and moments in time where different cultures overlap. This is often referenced in her pieces. You will find raw clay surfaces contrasting with a shiny, smooth glaze finish or highly decorated surfaces alongside negative space. The inspiration behind many of her pieces stem from growing up in a remote Cumbrian hamlet, where relics, stories and folklore were commonplace.