Soon after I came to this country in 1966 I took up pottery, after previous professional training in Germany as a singer. I first attended classes at the Sir John Cass College in London and later, having moved to Oxford, I continued at the College of Further Education. In 1983 I became a full member of the OCG and have been active in it ever since. I used to work in stoneware and Raku, but now have limited myself to Raku only. My methods are wheel and handbuilding and I make all my own glazes. The postfiring process of reduction and smoke can make or break a pot. This co-operation of fire and technique never ceases to fascinate: unglazed areas result in shades of grey to deep black, while giving glazed areas more depth; using metal oxides, lustres can appear. At this stage the typical ‘crazed’ look is achieved. I make a variety of pots, mainly one-offs, including bowls, jars, boxes, candle holders and lampbases, for each of which I paint an individual shade. I sell my work through exhibitions as well as from my home.