BA (Hons) Degree in Ceramics: Edinburgh College of Art, 1991-94
M.Phil: University of Sunderland, 2006-2010
My main focus is on one-off ceramic pieces for exhibition. I have exhibited widely throughout the UK, and in mainland Europe and North America. Other activities include national and international residencies, private and public commissions, collaborative projects, teaching and writing for publication. In 2010 I completed a post-graduate degree (M.Phil.) researching ceramics and tourism. My work is now more research based, and focused on specific projects in a series over a period of time.
There are multiple layers and processes in the work. Earthenware forms are built by hand. Layers of coloured slip are brushed on, then mono-printing, screen-printing or lino printing and stencilling are used to apply the first layers of text and/or image. Commercial glazes are used, and transfers are applied to the fired glaze. Photographs, drawings and text are manipulated in Photoshop to be made into transfers.
Current work explores museum taxidermy collections.
Year Established: 1995
2004 Work in ceramics collection, Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
2007 Guest artist in residence at The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, USA
2007 Creative Development grant received from Scottish Arts Council
2010-11 Craft Creative Development Bursary for residency/project at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee
2011 'Travel, Tourism & Art' conference, Royal Geographic Society. Presenting work and co-presenting paper with Prof. Kevin Hannam: 'Producing ceramic art through tourism research'
2011 'The Tourist Experience' Ceramic Review, issue 248
2011 'Producing ceramic artwork through tourism research', Annals of Tourism Research journal
'Inside-out', International Ceramic Biennale, Galerie de KULturZentrums Kapfenberg, Austria 2011
'Future Craft', Novia Scotia College of Art & Design, Halifax, Canada 2011
'Without Borders', The Point, Hampshire (group)2011
'A Living Space' Contemporary Applied Arts, London, group show 2010
Biennale de la Ceramique, Andenne, Belgium 2012
Artist in residence at Shaw Centre for contemporary ceramics, Medalta, Alberta funded by Creative Scotland 2014