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Born: 1969 Helston Cornwall

Falmouth School of Art & Design BTEC Diploma: General Art and Design, Distinction 1987 - 1989

Cardiff Institute of Higher Education B.A. (Hons) in 3D Design Ceramics - 2:1 1989 - 1992

Artistic Career

Received the David Canter Memorial Award for Crafts September 1995

Selector of Ceramics @ Cornwall Crafts Association 1997

Rufford Ceramic Centre, Nottingham April 1999
A months residency with the opportunity to make experimental work & teach workshops

Rufford Ceramic Fair, Nottingham, Demonstrator June 2001

Falmouth College of Arts, visiting lecturer on the BA(Hons) Studio Ceramics

Cornwall College , visiting lecturer, HND Ceramics

Taught on summer workshop at Wobage Craft Workshops, Ross-on -Wye.

Invited to Denmark in Jan 08. Demonstrated & gave presentations in Vendsyssel Art Museum, Hjoerring, Denmark & the National School for Design, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Won the Cornwall Crafts Award 2008

Groups

Elected Fellow of CPA, ( Craft Potters Association. ) 2012

Member of Cornwall Crafts Association.

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Publications

Gaolyard Studio article, Ceramics Review, issue 237, pages 38-43

Pottery : A Guide to Advanced Techniques by Doug Wensley (Crowood) p.96 p.145

The Tea Pot Book by Steve Woodhead (A&C Black) p.65 p.115 www.teapotbook.com

500 Cups : Ceramic Exploration of Utility & Grace (Lark Books) p.24 p.291

British Studio Potters' Marks (2nd edition ) by E.Yates-owen & R.Fournier (A&C Black)

The Ceramic Book - an A-Z guide to 300 Ceramic Artists (Ceramic Review Publishing Ltd) p 80

The Ceramics Book, Second Edition p.79 & front cover

The Ceramics Book, Third Edition P.81

Slab Techniques, by Jim Robison & Ian Marsh (A&C Black) p.100

 

Inspirations

I collect images, such as the shape of the railing in a hidden doorway in St.Ives or writing on an antique glass bottle. I use my sketchbook to draw and paint these impressions but also as a scrapbook. Feathers, fabric and packaging are glued in next to photos. These photos are fragmented memories of places I've visited, a close up detail of a Greek sign perhaps, or advertising on a French café wall.

I decorate a rolled out sheet of clay by using various techniques including painting and printing with coloured slips. The pieces are then put together using paper templates to create the final form - similar to the patterns that my mother used as a dressmaker when I was a child. I am fascinated by collections of objects: from the very small and personal –scent bottles, the mundane – sardine tins, to large architectural forms such as Gaudi buildings.

Some final pieces are purely ornamental but some tell a story.

 

Selected Exhibitions

2012  
Cornwall: A Celebration Bevere Gallery, Worcester
St Ives Potters, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff
   
2011  
Showcase Contemporary Ceramics London
"Patina" Craft2eu, Hamburg, Germany
Christmas Show Beaux Arts, Bath
   
2010  
Clay17. New ceramics by 17 leading makers. Woodbury, Devon
Gaolyard: A Special Place Ropewalk Contemporary Art & Craft, Barton upon Humber
The Affordable Art Fair Battersea (represented by Penhaven Gallery)
Earth And Fire Ceramic Fair Rufford, Nottingham
   
2009  
On The Surface Blackwell Arts & Craft House, Windermere
New Work Ropewalk Contemporary Art & Craft, Barton upon Humber
The Affordable Art Fair Battersea (represented by Penhaven Gallery)
Focus Cornwall Crafts, Trelissick Gallery, Nr Truro
Earth And Fire Ceramic Fair Rufford, Nottingham
   
2008  
CanCan Gallery,'Gaolyard Potters' Lonstrup, Denmark
The Affordable Art Fair Battersea, London (represented by Penhaven gallery)
Ceramics in the Studio Newlyn Art Gallery
   
2007  
Ceramic Art London Royal College of Art
The Affordable Art Fair Battersea London (represented by Penhaven)
Xmas Charity Art Exhibition Collyer-Bristow Gallery, London
   
2006  
Show White Penhaven Gallery, St Ives
The Affordable Art Fair Battersea London (represented by Penhaven)
Hatfield House Ceramics Festival Hertfordshire
   
2005  
Commission for Cruise Liner Ruby Saga
3 person show with Naomi Frears & Jess Cooper Newlyn Art Gallery
Gaolyard 05 Trelowarren, Helston
250 at 250, Charity Art Exhibition Collyer-Bristow, London
Hatfield House Ceramics Festival Hertfordshire
The Affordable Art Fair Battersea London (represented by Penhaven)
Earth and Fire Ceramic Fair Rufford Nottingham
   
2004  
The Affordable Art Fair Battersea London (represented by Penhaven)
Ceramic Market Swalmen . Holland
Ceramic Fair Tredgar House , Newport
New Works for Christmas Gallery Top , Derbyshire
More than Tinsel Llantarnam Grange, Wales
Hatfield House Ceramics Festival Hertfordshire
Earth and Fire Ceramic Fair Rufford Nottingham
   
2003  
Hatfield House Ceramics Festival Hertfordshire
Three Artists Penhaven Gallery St.Ives
Showcase Contemporary Ceramics London
Ceramic Fair Tredgar House , Newport
Earth and Fire Ceramic Fair Rufford Nottingham
   
2002  
Hatfield House Ceramics Festival Hertfordshire
Tea for Two Cupola Contemporary Art Sheffield
“Wall Pieces” Ceramica Newlyn Art Gallery Newlyn
Three Years On Gaolyard Show, Trelowarren
Ceramics in the City Geffrye Museum London
Text Message Rufford Ceramic Centre Notts
The Tea Party Bircham Contemporary Arts Holt
Christmas Exhibition The Gallery Upstairs Henley-in-Arden
   
2001  
The Elements of Contemporary Crafts The Royal Cornwall Museum Truro
A Clustre of Lustres Laburnum Ceramics Penrith, Cumbria
New Ceramics Trelowarren Gallery Helston, Cornwall
Mixed Show Grange Barns Gallery Shropshire
Earth and Fire Ceramic Fair Rufford Nottingham
   
2000  
Earth and Fire Ceramic Fair Rufford Nottingham
CPA Autumn Fair Oxford
Verandah Two person show Oxford
Does it Pour? City Art Gallery Leeds
Inspired & Fired C.P.A exhibition Metropole Arts Centre, Folkstone
Inspired Choices C.P.A selected exhibition Morley Gallery, London
The Majlis Gallery Dubai
Mixed Show Grange Barns Gallery Shropshire
   
1999  
Tea with Gaudi Newlyn Art Gallery Newlyn
Earth and Fire Ceramic Fair Rufford Nottingham
   
1998  
Staz Fair Bologna Italy
Earth and Fire Ceramic Fair Rufford Nottingham
   
1997  
“To Move & Amuse” The Harley Gallery Welbeck, Nottingham
CPA Christmas Fair Bloxham
Earth and Fire Ceramic Fair Rufford Nottingham
   
1994  
Earth and Fire Ceramic Fair Rufford Nottingham
   
1993  
Young Contemporaries V & A Museum London
International Potter's Fair Milsbeek Holland