I have been making ceramics since graduating from a studio ceramics course at the Royal Forest of Dean College in Gloucestershire. I recently moved from Surrey to Kent, and I’m currently setting up my new studio in New Romney, located by the sea and overlooking the marshes.
My work has been shown in exhibitions and galleries, including The New Ashgate Gallery Farnham, The Orangery, Holland Park, RAC Club, Pall Mall, City Hall, London, Yew Tree, Cornwall, Paddon & Paddon, Eastbourne and New Brewery Arts, Gloucs.
I also make work to commission and sell directly.
I’m a member of London Potters, Kent Potters and an Associate Member of the Craft Potters Association.
I make a range of work that is inspired by the natural world around me and is often sculptural using whichever technique best suits what I’m exploring.
I generally work with red and white earthenware clay but have also been experimenting with naturally found sea clay and reclaimed bone china.
In recent work I have been exploring the tradition of creating sprig moulds directly cast from plants and leaves.
I originally trained as a dancer and gained a degree in Dance and Art at Roehampton University in London. However, an injury thwarted my intentions for a career in dance and wanting to stay in theatre, and continue in a creative vein, I retrained in lighting design. This led me to lots of different projects ranging from dance work (I was awarded an Arts Council Bursary for Lighting Design for dance in 1989) to lighting exhibitions such as the Channel 4 ‘1940’s House’ at the Imperial War Museum, and a Japanese Paper Sculpture Installation, ‘Light on Water’ in Darlington Arts Centre. I was teaching lighting design at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, when I discovered ceramics at evening class. I have also worked as an Arts Producer for Siobhan Davies Dance, Fevered Sleep and Entelechy Arts and in Arts in Health Research at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.
In 2021 I was awarded a Developing your Own Creative Practice grant from the Arts Council to support me in building a full time studio practice in Kent.