Tom Rooth: "I’ve painted and drawn all my life, and love working in ceramics, which I find a very expressive and tactile medium. I particularly like making plates, as they look fantastic hanging on walls as pictures, as well as being displayed on tables and shelves. They are also functional, and an integral part of a good meal - one of the best and most important things in life.

Sea creatures on ceramics are part of a long tradition, and were a particular favourite of the ancient Greeks and Romans. I see my artworks as being part of this heritage. They also spring from my awe and fascination for the wonders of the ocean - and passion for seafood (although I’ve given up octopus!). I also work in oils on canvas, and in 2014 painted the Northcote Mural in Battersea, London."