I studied at Brighton University, graduating in 1997 with a first class degree in Wood, Metal, Ceramics and Plastics. For the first part of my career I worked with UK manufacturers designing ceramic homewares, together with fellow graduate Andrew Tanner under our company name HUB, supplying retailers internationally including Harrods, Liberty and DKNY.
Since 2013 I have been designing and making everything here in my own studio. I love the freedom I have to explore and develop new techniques, taking manufacturing processes into a craft environment, pushing the boundaries and challenging limitation. My collections balance design and craft exploring the intrinsic qualities of vitreous clay bodies and the potential role of new technologies and industrial processes within a craft context. Ceramic lighting, vessels and installations are imbued with a sense of discovery. Inspired by architecture, memory and the passing of time my pieces explore themes of repetition, variation, duality and erosion with sharp geometries and soft curves in a muted monochrome palette. My work captures a beauty in the new and the worn, the exposure of hidden layers and the reveal of complexity.
New explorations with a modular mould developed using 3D printing is enabling me to produce a series of experimental pieces with multiple profiles; in harmony, in discord or vying for attention whilst a new soft erosion technique which produces an intriguing felt-like quality is the focus for a new series of vessels.
I also enjoy sharing my passion and knowledge through creative workshops in my studio, at local schools and at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill.
In November 2020 I won an award with Design Nation to become one of their selected members. Its an honour to be part of their portfolio. Their tag line 'Future thinking for Design and Craft' feels like a great fit.
Workshops at my studio in Ninfield will be resuming from 12th April with the easing of lockdown restrictions. One to One session (or two from the same household) can now be booked. Self directed studio space hire and firing services will also be resuming. Click here for more information on workshops and services