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.
After a career break I set up a studio at my home in Ninfield and since 2013 I have been designing and making everything myself. The move away from manufacturers has given me the freedom to explore and develop new techniques, taking manufacturing processes into a craft environment, pushing the boundaries and challenging limitation. It brings with it the possibility for creative decisions to be part of the making as well as the designing and a level of craftsmanship and experimentaion not viable for industry. I enjoy sharing my passion and knowledge through creative workshops in my studio, at local schools and at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill.
My current collection of ceramics is imbued with a sense of discovery and inspired by themes of repetition, variation and erosion. I work with vitrified clay bodies; bone china, porcelain and semi-porcelain, exploring the nature of the materials and developing new making techniques. Lighting designs employ the delicate translucent qualities of bone china and porcelain. Signature dot vases originated from an experimental approach to developing a way of creating a two-dimensional pattern from a three dimensional texture. A kind of memory of their form. Coloured layers of liquid semi-porcelain clay are built up in and pared back, refined and matte polished. The work is high fired to vitrification point so that it is water-tight, the surface matte and unglazed like a well-worn pebble.
Lockdowns in 2020 and 2021 have enabled more time for development and exciting new work is emerging,
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