About

I work from my studio in Brockley, South East London making predominantly functional Ceramic pieces and pots from Stoneware and Earthenware clay. The Craft of making is always at the forefront of what I do, I enjoy the physical connection with clay and the well-being this brings but I also enjoy the scientific and technical pursuit that comes with trying to master materials, techniques and processes. As an art practice I use ceramics to express a range of personal and social narratives. As design practice I use ceramics as a research tool and as a method of sociological inquiry. My work explores issues surrounding personal and cultural identity, the borders and boundaries of authenticity and ownership, concepts of cultural appropriation and globalisation and the relationships between 'People' and 'Place'. I am influenced by a wide range of stimuli including; Japanese, Chinese and Korean aesthetics, techniques and philosophies, Historical and ancient pottery from around the world and work from contemporary British, European and American studio pottery practice. 

I use a lot of found and donated materials in my practice, I dig local clays for the clay body mixes, slip decoration and combine them with ash from organic sources such as trees, shrubs and plants to make my glazes. This ‘homemade’ and 'Gathered' approach contributes to the narratives within my work and naturally discusses the relationships between objects, people and places.I have a strong interest in the relationship between Clay, Site and people and a lot of my ceramic art practice is starting to focus towards this area of investigation. 

​I have exhibited in the United States at the International Yunomi Invitational in Ohio and at a number of shows in the United Kingdom such as; The London Design Festival as part of the ‘Tactile Minds’ exhibition, 'Gatherers' and 'From this land' in conjunction with Thrown Contemporary and OmVed Gardens, 'Flow' and 'Elements - Earth Fire' at Gallery 57  and 'The stories we tell' at the Stratford Gallery. Please visit the Exhibition page in my Blog for details of shows and exhibitions or visit my News/WIP page for news on upcoming projects and work.

My work is available through my online shop or through the galleries that represent me. I am currently represented by The Leach Pottery,  Thrown Contemporary , Gallery 57 , The Stratford Gallery and the Clay AKAR gallery. 

I work freelance on commission projects and on collaboration projects with a range of artists and makers. Recent collaborations have seen me work with Anthony Dain and Tim Evershed at Brook Studio.

Alongside my Pottery and Ceramics practice work in education; I am a teacher at The Kiln Rooms, London, I have worked as a lecturer and tutor at Goldsmiths College, University of London and I also work part time as a Graphic Design and 3D/Ceramics tutor.

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