I have been working in clay for over 25 years, making work for sale, exhibition and retail. I have taught in a variety of institutions including Central St Martins and University of Brighton as well as commissions from the Liverpool Biennial and consultant to Turner Prize winners, Assemble.
In the last few years I have set up and run an open access ceramics studio called Baltic Clay which is situated in Liverpool. This studio provides access to space and equipment for ceramic artists and classes for beginners.
My work explores the darkly playful side of childhood toys influenced by medieval illustrations, Japanese anime and ritual costume. I’m interested in creating characters that are both ordinary and fantastical suggesting an everyday, mythical world where extraordinary is commonplace. These are creatures and beasts that only exist in fairy tales and folklore.
These narrative works are a combination of press moulded forms with hand built additions that exploit the natural surface textures of the clay and are then layered with oxide and underglaze washes that give the works an illustrative feel to them.
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Selected Exhibitions, Retail and Commissions
12th - 15th October
Accepted for Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Manchester
July 15th - 27th August 2017
Three Wonderbeasts selected for Myths and Legends - Summer Showacase exhibition at Craft in the Bay Gallery, Cardiff
July 1st - 10th September 2017
Work selected for Liverpool Art Fair.
June 3rd - October 1st 2017
Work selected for I See a Creature- Showcase exhibition at Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, Wales
March 2017 - ongoing
Pocket Moongazers stocked in Manchester Gallery Shop
Commissioned by Liverpool Biennial to fabricate ceramic pieces for international artist Jumana Manna for Tate Liverpool
January- March 2016
Ceramic Consultant to Assemble- advice and process development for their ceramic handles range
Selected to show Sentinel as part of ArtMerseywide's Best of the North West
January - March 2015
5 day residency at Cardinal Heenan School funded by Lord Mayor's art Fund
Willow Pattern City mugs developed with designer Chris Nelson and Moorland Pottery on sale in Walker Museum and Art Gallery, Tate Liverpool, Museum of Liverpool.
Willow Pattern City Highly Recommended as part of Country Homes and Interiors Business Competition
September - January 2013
AA2A Residency at Hope University. Exhibition at Capstone Gallery with work developed through the residency
Large scale ceramic and glass wall panel for Sheldrakes Restaurant in Wirral. Made with Leandra Holder
Fallen Stars - three interactive pieces commissioned by Leicester City Council for Held in the Hand project
Winner of Art on the Network open competition with Liverpool Plate - permanently installed on St Michaels train station