I trained in ceramics in the University of Ulster and the University of Wales in Cardiff and work from my studio in Northern Ireland
There is much reminiscent of archaeology, geology and architecture in my porcelain sculptures which explore relationships between process, material and the passage of time. My sculptures are inspired by the structure and dissolution of the organic and manmade. They are constructed , layered , excavated, deconstructed, collapsed and fragmented to reveal associations between material cultural, shared cultural meanings and individual memory as well as contrasting qualities such as strength and fallibility, permanence and loss
My working method is intrinsically connected to the act of making and the endless experimentation with the changing state of parian porcelain; as a liquid or solid in both in its raw and fired state.. A wide palette of techniques, which include casting, hand-building and cyanotype print, are continually being challenged and developed to contrast the precision of industrial techniques and geometric structure with the fallibility of the handmade. The sculptures are fired multiple times and explore concepts associated to the fired density of parian as well as its satin, marble-like quality when solid, its gravity and stratification when layered and its delicate fabric-like flowing translucency when thin.
Exhibitions and a bit about where my work can be seen.
Awards and Competitions
2021 Shortlisted Korean International Ceramics Biennale,
2020Honourable Mention.Korean International Ceramics Biennale,
2020 Ceramic Monthly Competition. Contrast and Harmony
2020 Arts Council of Northern Ireland,Support for Individual Artists
2019 Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Support for individual Artists
2018 Rosemary James Memorial Fund Award, Administered by the ACNI
Public and Private Collections
2020 Changchung International Ceramic Museum, China
2017/19 Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Art Collection.
2017 Irish Contemporary Ceramic collection, Hunts Museum Contemporary Ceramic Collection, Limerick. Ireland
Selected Exhibitions and Art Fairs
2021 Collect Art Fair, London Represented by Ruup and Form Gallery 2021 London Art London 2021 Potverdorie, Keramiekcentrum Tiendschuur Tegelen. Netherlands.
2020 International Academy of Ceramics New Members Exhibition. Guozhong Ceramic Art Museum, Beijing, China
2020 Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition. Ulster Museum. Belfast
2020 Ceramic Ireland Triennial. Land Marks, Farmliegh Gallery, Dublin
Gallery Representation Ruup&Form Gallery London So Fine Art Gallery, Dublin
Contemporary Ceramics, London
Contemporary Applied Arts, London
Blue Egg Gallery,Wexford,Ireland
Ruthin Gallery, Wales
BlueCoat Display Centre. Liverpool