I’ve been a ceramic artist since the mid 1990s, and have exhibited widely throughout the UK and further afield. I studied at Edinburgh College of Art (degree in ceramics), and later at the University of Sunderland (M.Phil research degree). Other projects have included residencies, teaching, community arts work, commissions, collaborative projects and writing for publication. I’m currently based in Edinburgh, where I run Cyan Clayworks, a social enterprise and ceramic studio.
My main focus is the non-functional ceramic vessel. Each is built by hand, with multiple layers of colour and image applied through painting, printing and ceramic decals. In previous years I’ve explored themes of travel and tourism, museum collections and commemoration. This current work sees a revisiting of the land/seascape as subject material. Although this project is still in a sense relating to travel and tourism language (and photographic seeing), it is not about ‘the other’ but rather ‘home’. Collecting the scenes through photography, it raises questions of what we consider ‘aesthetic’ , visually pleasing in the landscape vista.