My career as an artist began in 1976 when, on leaving school, I went to work as a stone carver at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. I subsequently went on to obtain an honors degree in sculpture at Kennington School of Art.

I then continued my career working as a conservator of ancient monuments at, among other places, Arundel Castle and Harewood House. The progression to ceramics came 10 years ago, when I learned how to throw on the potters’ wheel and how to create vessels from slabs of clay.

I now produce a range of sculptural pieces for the garden, which include my “Green Man” series, Flora, Bacchus and others. My domestic ware is finished with colourful glazes and then fired in an electric kiln.

My work is influenced by my interest in old buildings, particularly churches, and a love of nature and the countryside.

Rachel Padley