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" A stone is ingrained with geological and historical memories. "
" Snow provokes responses that reach right back to childhood. "
" The relationship between the public and the artist is complex and difficult to explain. There is a fine line between using this critical energy creatively and pandering to it. "
" Fire is the origin of stone. By working the stone with heat, I am returning it to its source. "
" The early firings contained many stones. "
" Some of the snowballs have a kind of animal energy. Not just because of the materials inside them, but in the way that they appear caged, captured. "
" Ideas must be put to the test. That's why we make things, otherwise they would be no more than ideas. There is often a huge difference between an idea and its realisation. I've had what I thought were great ideas that just didn't work. "
" People do not realise that many of my works are done in urban places. I was brought up on the edge of Leeds, five miles from the city centre-on one side were fields and on the other, the city. "
" Photography is a way of putting distance between myself and the work which sometimes helps me to see more clearly what it is that I have made. "
" My art is an attempt to reach beyond the surface appearance. I want to see growth in wood, time in stone, nature in a city, and I do not mean its parks but a deeper understanding that a city is nature too-the ground upon which it is built, the stone with which it is made. "
" Once the fired stone is out of the kiln, it is still possible to mentally reconstruct it in its original form. "
" I have walked around the same streets so many times, and then seen a place that had been hidden to me. I now know the sites in a way that makes me think I could have made better use of the connections between place and snowball. "
" Abandoning the project was incredibly stressful after having gone through the process of building the room, installing the kiln, collecting the stones, sitting with the kiln day and night as it came to temperature, experiencing the failures. "
" As with all my work, whether it's a leaf on a rock or ice on a rock, I'm trying to get beneath the surface appearance of things. Working the surface of a stone is an attempt to understand the internal energy of the stone. "
" Three or four stones in one firing will all react differently. I try to achieve a balance between those that haven't progressed enough and those about to go too far. "
" I soon realised that what had happened on a small scale cannot necessarily be repeated on a larger scale. The stones were so big that the amount of heat required was prohibitively expensive and wasteful. "
" I have worked with this red all over the world - in Japan, California, France, Britain, Australia - a vein running round the earth. It has taught me about the flow, energy and life that connects one place with another. "
" The stones tear like flesh, rather than breaking. Although what happens is violent, it is a violence that is in stone. A tear is more unnerving than a break. "
" People also leave presence in a place even when they are no longer there. "
" The hardened mass of liquid stones had much stronger qualities than those which had simply torn. The skin remained a recognisable part of the molten stone. "
" Occasionally I have come across a last patch of snow on top of a mountain in late May or June. There's something very powerful about finding snow in summer. "
" Even in winter an isolated patch of snow has a special quality. "
" A snowball is simple, direct and familiar to most of us. I use this simplicity as a container for feelings and ideas that function on many levels. "
" Not being able to touch is sometimes as interesting as being able to touch. "
" The first stone was just tried in the spirit of experimentation. The opening of the stone was far more interesting than the drawing that I had done on it. "