The inspiration for my work often begins with the raw material used in my mosaics. These materials are sourced from far and wide. Charity shop china whose patterns or transfer printed images might evoke a particular time, place or memory; found fragments of earthenware exposed by a freshly ploughed field or by the banks of a tidal river; fossils and rocks picked up on the beach and slit open to reveal the hidden make up of their core,or favourite pieces of china damaged beyond repair that friends know I might find a use for. Often these pieces will sit in my studio, roughly sorted by colour or texture until one day the right place for them becomes apparent. Often the seeking out of materials, some of it a deliberate quest and some chanced upon, is as important as making the work itself.