I graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1987 with a BA(Hons) Degree in Ceramics. From 1988-1993 I was a member of The Dalhousie Lane Potters’ Studios, Glasgow, before moving to Dumfries in 1994. I am currently based in the Kilncraft Studios at Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries.
I have been a practicing ceramic artist for over thirty years and have always tried to maintain a playful approach to clay, allowing the material to be evident through torn edges, cracks, texture and surface, enjoying the random, organic quality this brings. The work must always have integrity at its core and the material itself, be clearly manifest in the finished work. I enjoy making pots and “the potness of the pot”; something to be handled and appreciated, in a tactile sense, not just through an aesthetic eye. I remain fascinated by the same themes, the interplay between positive and negative space, the layering and distressing of surface, the unpredictable and the accidental. These are constants in my work.
As well as continuing to work with clay, I have, over the last few years, diversified into 2D Mixed Media, repurposing old metal shelves, wooden pallets, anything with an interesting surface that can be modified and developed. Techniques used in my ceramics, have themselves been repurposed and reused in the 2D works and vice versa. The sense of play remains and continues to guide my process.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
1987 - BA(Hons) Degree in Ceramic Design, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow
1996 - Crafts Showcase Gallery, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries
1995 - Crafts Showcase Gallery, Crawford Arts Centre, St Andrews
2013 - MAKERS Exhibition, CUBE Gallery, Manchester
2012 - Two-man Show, Catstrand, New Galloway, Dumfries & Galloway
2009 - "Homecoming", Whitehouse gallery, Kirkudbright
2009 - Christmas Exhibition, McGill Duncan Gallery, Castle Douglas
2008 - Group Show, Scottish Showcase Gallery, Kirkudbright
1993 - Two-man Exhibition, Gatehouse Gallery, Glasgow
1992 - Two-man Exhibition, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
1990 - SAAC Annual Exhibition, 1990-1995, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
1995 - Nine commissioned plates, ABSA (Association of Business Sponsorship of the Arts) Scottish Awards, Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow
2013 - Spring Fling, Kilncraft Studios, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries
2012 - Spring Fling, Kilncraft Studios, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries
2011 - Spring Fling, Kilncraft Studios, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries
2010 - Spring Fling, Kilncraft Studios, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries
2009 - Spring Fling, Kilncraft Studios, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries
2008 - Spring Fling, Studio, Dumfries
2007 - Spring Fling, Studio, Dumfries