I make sculptural vessels developed from landscape, from very specific sea shores, gardens and city streets that hold significance for me.  I use different ways of capturing and interpreting these places, by photographing directly onto the surface, by imprinting, by piercing the form with objects, or by growing seeds within the clay. The clay is often pushed to the point of destruction, making the work extremely fragile but revealing its inherent resilience.  Through my work I try to convey the layering of marks - physical and emotional, natural and unnatural, ancient, fresh, accidental or purposely inflicted, on places and people.

I live and work near Strangford, County Down, Northern Ireland.


Selected Exhibitions

2013
Classic and Contemporary, Erskine, Hall & Coe
Restless II - Mix, Cavin-Morris
C8, Craft and Design Collective, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh

2012
Celebrate, Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick
SOFA Chicago with Erskine, Hall & Coe
Summer Show, Erskine, Hall & Coe
Collect with Erskine, Hall & Coe, Saatchi Gallery, London
Arts of Pacific Asia, with Cavin-Morris, San Francisco
Things That Fall In Between, R-Space, Lisburn, Co Down
Metro Show, New York - with Cavin-MorrisGroup Show, Erskine, Hall & Coe, London

2011
Celebrate, Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick
Looking Up, Wild Strawberry Gallery, Strangford, County Down
Winter Exhibition, Lund Gallery, Yorkshire
The Unexpected Edge: Yugen in Contemporary Craft, Cavin-Morris, New York
Sense of Place, CDC annual exhibition, Space CRAFT, Belfast30 Flowerfield, Flowerfield Arts Centre, Porstewart"a hand held" Wild Strawberry Gallery, Strangford, County Down
"Pushing the Boundaries: Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture" Cill Rialaig Project, Ballinskelligs, Co Kerry
Collect with Erskine, Hall & Coe, Saatchi Gallery, London
Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York
plumbline & orchard, St Ives, Cornwall


2010
SOFA Chicago
C3 Collecting Craft, Ulster Museum Belfast
plumbline & orchard, St Ives
Slow Burn, Space Craft, Belfast
Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York
Galerie Besson Summer Show
SOFA New York
Galerie Besson Contemporary Ceramics Show

2009
SOFA Chicago
SDC Gallery
Orchard Gallery, St Ives
Galerie Besson Summer Show

SOFA New York
Diverse Practices 
Barrett Marsden Gallery, London 
                                                        

2008
Flora and Fauna, Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds  

2007
Downpatrick Library, Downpatrick, County Down

2006
Object, Designer Gifts for Christmas, Devon Guild of Craftsmen
Christmas Exhibition, Richard Dennis Gallery, London
Galerie Besson Summer Show
One Year On, New Designers, Building Design Centre, London
Plumbline Gallery, St Ives
Malone House, Belfast


2005
New Designers, Building Design Centre, London


Awards

2009
Arts Council of Northern Ireland and National Lottery Support for the Individual Artist Award

 

Education

2003-05  Dip HE Distinction in Fine and Applied Art, Ceramics, City Lit 
1986-89 MA in Fine Art, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford