The pots that I make explore simple formats, working in series to gradually extend the boundaries of the ceramic structures that are my current obsession; making subtle changes until the pieces develop a voice which has a resonance that interests and excites me.
Pieces are thrown on a wheel, an intense, physical process that demands immediate responses to material and form; surfaces react to the slightest touch, traces of hand and tools remain, the indents and hollows created by fingers and fists interrupt and contradict symmetry.
Bold, ostensibly black marks, wrap themselves around the porcelain forms, describing and defining spaces; brush marks fade and blur, inky opaque bands change to pale fresh air blues. There are remnants in these vessels of the vast landscapes which have always been my inspiration.
Born Nottinghamshire 1962
1985–86 Goldsmiths College, Art Teachers Certificate
1982 -85 Camberwell School of Art, B.A. (Hons.) 1st Class, Ceramics.
1981-82 West Nottinghamshire College of Further Education.
2010 Major Arts Council Award
2005 Arts Council Award
2000 Residency at Rufford Ceramic Centre.
1997 Major Development Award, East Midland Arts.
1993 East Midland Arts Equipment Grant.
1989 East Midland Arts Grant for Publicity and assistance in attending Chelsea Crafts Fair for the first time.
1987 Crafts Council Setting up Grant
2008 Harley Gallery – Landscape, Drawings and Ceramics.
2002 White Gallery , Brighton
2001 Hart Gallery, London.
1999 Bettles Gallery, Hampshire
1995 Galerie ‘L’ Hamburg, Germany
1995 Hart Gallery, London
1994 “Pour When Inclined” Canvas Gallery, Tower Bridge, London
The Road Mender, Northampton
1993 “Pots and Paintings”, Kirkbride Gallery, Traquair, Scotland
1990 Montpellier Gallery, Cheltenham
1989 “New Work” Sue Williams Gallery, Portobello Road, London
1987 “Pots and Paintings”, Field Gallery, Nottingham
1985 Paintings and Pots, Midland Group, Nottingham
Selected Group Exhibitions
2011 Ruthin Gallery - Elemental
2009 Ceramic Art London
2007 Firing Thoughts . Manchester
Collect : V&A
2006 Institute of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London
Ceramic Art London
2005 Carlin Gallery, Paris.
Art London, Sarah Myerscough
Ceramic Art London
2004 "Graft" Harley Foundation Studio Show, Harley Gallery,
MACBA Barcelona (Museum of Contemporary Art) Arts Council Show
Totally Teabowls. Oakwood Gallery. Nottinghamshire
"Bloomers" Contemporary Ceramics Gallery. London
Firbob and Peacock. Knutsford. Cheshire
Affordable Art Fair. London ( John Noott Gallery )
2003 John Noott Galleries, Broadway Modern, Gloucestershire.
Wessex Fine Arts and Ceramics, Dorset - Joint show with Chris Keenan
New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
2002 Christmas Show.Bircham Gallery, Holt, Norfolk
SOFA Chicago (White Gallery)
Grange Barn Galleries. Group Show
2001 SOFA Chicago ( White Gallery)
‘Painterly Pots’ Brewery Arts Centre. Cirencester
2005 Large vessels for P&O Cruise Liner (ARCADIA)
1995 Presentation Piece for Queen Elizabeth on the opening
of the Queens Building at University of Westminster.
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