I make heads and faces
Some people have great faces on the first look; other people's faces grow on me. Some faces have a particularly interesting composition or outline. Faces are surprisingly different and I like the sensation of change that I get when I look from one face to another. Lived in faces hold more of a fascination for me than the sparsely populated faces of perfection.
There's no one place that I start, each piece of work is an amalgamation of influences - people I meet, faces in print, previous works, sketches and drawings. Narrative is significant; I collect words, sayings and pieces of conversations, quotes, poetry and the wording of adverts. It all goes into the work, either conspicuously as a title or as an idea when I'm planning the piece.
Some days I have all these things in my head when I sit down to work. Other days I start with no particular intention and just see who or what emerges from the clay
1993 BA(Hons) Graphic Design/ Illustration, Bath Spa University.
2006 MA Ceramics, University Wales Institute Cardiff
Arts Council Grants for the arts
Crafts Council 'Next Move' residency at Bath Spa University
Selected previous shows
Ceramic Art London, RCA, London 2008, 2009
'Two ways about it', The Brownston Gallery, Modbury, Devon
'Must have more', Aspex, Portsmouth
'Get Fresh', The Devon Guild
'In the window', The Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
Origin, Somerset House, London
Sep 2010 - European Makers Gallery, Amsterdam
Nov 2010 - A collection of work for the new CPA Contemporary Ceramics Gallery, Great Russell Street, London
April 2011 - A collection of heads entitiled Look Sea, The New Craftsman Gallery, St Ives