I studied ceramics at Loughborough and later attended Goldsmiths College for postgraduate study. In ceramics at that time there was a synthesis of tradition and trends and stereotypical boundaries were loosening.
In the early 90’s I worked in Nigeria as a VSO Potter and on my return I joined Muchelney Pottery in Somerset where I was apprentice to John Leach and part of the production team making wood fired tableware. The experience transformed my knowledge and skills as a potter over the 3 years I spent with them.
My studio is in Nettlecombe, which lies at the foot of Eggardon Hill and it is the most peaceful place to live and work. I use both stoneware and porcelain, work is mostly made on the wheel and sometimes altered by hand. I fire them in a reduction atmosphere which teases out qualities inherent in the materials.
I enjoy making work which develops into a series. Because texture, colour and sometimes even the form of the material is changed by the firing process even minute details can be a guide to where to go next. Themes emerge as I travel along a thread, stemming from the initial idea and steadily developing into a new body of work. This is a measured approach to making quite unlike working to a design but it allows time and choice of materials and thinking space as the work evolves.
DAW- Dorset Arts Open studios - May
Summer Show – Make Southwest, Riverside, Bovey Tracey
Eggardon Summer – Rowley Gallery, Kensington.
DAW- Dorset Arts Open Studios - May
Commission – BBC Tokyo Olympics . Water carafe and Beakers sets for TV set
Digital Craft Festival – June 26th – 28th June
Contemplation – The Arts Stable 1st – 19th August
Cambridge Contemporary Arts – Found in Nature - October.
Commission - Café tableware for The Rousdon Village Bakery.
Move to Mappercombe Farm – Convert studio space and construction of Gas reduction kiln.
Awarded Full membership of The Devon Guild of Craftsmen in Bovey Tracey, January.
New@Devon Guild exhibition 8th March – 28th April
The Contemporary Crafts Festival, Bovey Tracey – June
Ceramics At The Chapel – September 21st – October 6th part of Somerset Arts Weeks
Commission - Café tableware for Passiflora
No 56 Makers – Exhibition Penzance
The Future Kept – Sgraffito Tea bowl launched for their on line store in November.
Wonderland - Dartington Christmas Craft fair .November 29th
Bridport Open Studios September 8th – 16th
The Artichoke Gallery – Follow the Line - 7 July to 29 September
Earth & Fire Ceramics festival 2018 Wellbeck , Nottinghamshire
Dorset Arts Weeks, Venue 305 Mappercombe Farm, Nettlecombe , Dorset
The River Cottage Spring Food festival
Potter of The Month, The Leach Pottery St Ives, February 2018
The Thelma Hulbert Gallery – The present Makers
Native Makers – December, The Royal William Yard, Plymouth
50 Dorset Makers – Wolverton Riding house, June 2017
Colour and Clay, 31/3-12/4 The courtyard Gallery, Lyme Regis
Materials .The Malthouse Gallery, 24/3 – 12/4 The Town mill Arts Guild, Lyme Regis
Glazed Sky –Traced Earth 28/4 – 10/5 The Courtyard Gallery, Lyme Regis
Made by Hand, Cardiff, October
Move to Wheelers yard studio. Construction of a 42 cubic ft Gas reduction kiln.
1998-1999 The Potters Shed Trust – lead potter
Development of a line of tableware for small scale pottery , Kodai Kanal, Tamil Nadu August - February
Artist residency – The Golden Bridge Pottery , Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu February- September
!996- 1998 Pottery Assistant – Bridge Pottery, Cheriton, Gower
Assistant and working with Micki Schloessingk - Bridge Pottery, Cheriton, Gower . Wood fired salt-glaze
1993 – 1996 Production Apprenticeship
Muchelney Pottery, Kingsbury Episcopy, Somerset .
1992-1993 VSO Potter – Nigeria
1990- 1992 Mid Cheshire College of Art and Design Foundation Arts Lecturer.
Arena Studios Liverpool – studio set up – 1990 - 1992
1990 – Goldsmiths College, London .
Postgraduate Diploma in Studio pottery
1983- 1986 - Loughborough College of Art and Design
BA hons degree in Ceramics 2.1
1982-83 - Hereford College of Art - Foundation Arts Course