I am interested in exploring ways in which poetic structures can function visually, by balancing and manipulating material qualities and connotations, whilst employing a ‘Thinking through Making’ approach.
I utilise a range of processes and techniques to create works which play with ambiguity and speak about the human condition. A combination of porcelain and textile helps to establish a dialogue between material and form. Differences are accentuated as each material imparts something to the other and specific qualities are intensified when viewed in relation to contrasting physical traits.
Objects relating to ritual, ceremony and adornment are referenced to create a heightened physical awareness of the body and material. Initially this is communicated through an immediate, intuitive, tactile language but a closer reading of these works will evoke further associations linked to experiences bound by time, sequencing and memory.
The assemblages are uncanny in nature and have no definite cultural or historical origin. They prompt us to question our relationship with objects, how they allow us to form and trigger memories and act as anchoring points in our lives by connecting us to the world.
2013 - 2014 MA Ceramics, Cardiff School of Art
2004 - 2007 BA (Hons) Ceramics, Camberwell College of Arts, London
1998 - 2001 BA (Hons) Jewellery Design, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London
2017 The Mission Gallery, Maker in Focus, Swansea, Wales
2016 Craft in the Bay, Makers Showcase, Cardiff, Wales
Ambiente, Frankfurt, Germany
Made to Measure, Lotte Inch Gallery, York, England
2015 British Ceramics Biennial Fresh Award, Stoke-on-trent
2014 Unfolding: New Graduates Work in Clay, Nantgarw China Works Museum, Cardiff
2012 International Ceramic Triennial Unicum, Slovenia
2011 Young Artists of the Year, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle, England
2010 ICMEA Conference - Emerging Artists Competition, Fuping, China
Talente 2010, Munich, Germany
2009 6th International Biannual of Ceramics, Kapfenberg, Austria
5th Biennale of Ceramics El Vendrell, La Rambla, Spain
56th Premio Faenza, International Competition of contemporary Ceramic Art, Italy
2008 International Biennale of Contemporary Ceramics, Magnelli Museum, Vallauris, France
2016 Project Network Residency, Guldagergaard, Denmark
2015 - 2016 Inc. Space, Cardiff School of Art, Cardiff
2014 - 2015 Fireworks Studio Graduate Residency, Cardiff
2010 - 2011 Artist in Residence, Huddersfield University, West Yorkshire
2008 - 2010 Artist in Residence, Giggleswick School, North Yorkshire
2010 - 2012 Ceramics Technician, Camberwell College, London
2007 - 2008 Ceramics Technician, City Lit, London
2001 - 2004 Studio Jeweller, London
2016 The Worshipful Livery Company of Wales Bursary
2015 Future Lights International Ceramics Competition
2014 Axis MAstars
2014 West Dean Textile Bursary
2013 The Fenton Arts Trust Scholarship
2009 Medal in Memory of Eleuterio Ignazi, 56th Premio Faenza, International Competitionof contemporary Ceramic Art, Italy
2014 Ceramic Review, Postcards, Issue 270
2013 500 Paper Objects. Gene McHugh
2009 Ceramics: Art and Perception, The Internationale Ceramics Biennale Vallauris, Issue 75
2008 Biennale de Vallauris, La revue de la Céramique et du Verre, Issue 16
2008 International Biennale of Contemporary Ceramics Catalogue, Magnelli Museum
2007 Ceramics at Art Schools, Ceramic Review, Issue 228
University of the Arts London
Magnelli Museum, Vallauris, France
International Ceramics Museum, Faenza, Italy
12th - 16th February 2016
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20th January 2016 - 9th March 2016
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26th September - 8th November 2015
Residency 2015-16, Cardiff School of Art
Residency 2014-15, Cardiff