About me

 

Artist Statement

Rock collections fascinate me. I am particularly interested in ‘Lapidaries’, the professional craftsmen that became skilled at cutting precious stones to obtain the best optical effect.

I am therefore exploring the parallels between this and my work, individual specimens capture the succession of events and hint at the transformation to its present state.

Minerals like agate form under intense pressure and heat, I am intrigued by the way that such multi-layered and multi-coloured order forms out of such chaos.

An associated interest of mine is ‘Stratigraphy’, the study of rock layers and layering. Deposition of one layer is separated from the next by a clear interval or change in texture, colour, or mineralogy. Layers may merge with one another so that boundaries between them are unclear.

As I cut and polish the surface of my specimens, my excitement of enquiring cold work techniques liberate the curious lore of this precious material and bring my forms to life. I thrill to see the freshly exposed interior, reveal the captured fragments of the moment of its formation.

I have always been particularly interested by the interactions between humans and objects, how one encounters an unfamiliar object of desire.

Education

2010-2012      MA Ceramics and Glass, The Royal College of Art, London.

2009-2010      Artist in Residence, De Montfort University, Leicester.

2006-2009      First Class BA Honours, Design Degree, De Montfort University, Leicester.

2005-2006      BTEC Diploma Foundation Art and Design Studies, Passed with Merit, De Montfort University.

 

Professional Experience

2012 - Present  Self Employed Glass Designer Maker

2012 Feb        Student Assistant, Setup and Break Down,Ceramic Art London, The Royal College of Art, London.

2011 Aug        Work Experience, Simon Moore, London.

2010 Nov        Visiting Artist Lecture, De Montfort University, Leicester.

2007-2010      Glass Makers Assistant, Graeme Hawes, Leicester.

2009-2010      Series of Artist Talks, De Montfort University, Leicester.

 

Awards

2013              Winner of The Design Trust Award, most promising creative and entrepreneurial designer maker, MADE London.

2013              Best Stand Award, The Contemporary Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey, Devon.

2012              Overall Best in Show Award, The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Manchester.

2012              Silver Winner of the Craft and Design Magazine Selected Makers 2012 Award.

2012              The Royal Overseas League of Music, Trophy Award.

2011              The Pilkington Bursary award, Royal College of Art, London

2009              The Albert Christopherson Collection Award, De Montfort University Leicester.

 

Publications

2012              Selected Makers Award Feature in the ‘Craft and Design’ Magazine, August Issue.

2012              Three page feature in the ‘Craft and Design’ Magazine - January/February Issue.