Wolverhampton University, 2007-2009
MA Art and Design (ceramics) - Distinction
University of Wales Institute Cardiff, 1999-2002
BA (HONS) Ceramics – 2:1
Ceramicist in Residence - New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, Sep 2012 to present
Artist in Residence - Chenderit School, Oxfordshire, Sep 2010 – Jul 2011
Visiting Lecturer - Wolverhampton University, Nov/Dec 2009
Member of the Midland Potters Association and the Kent Potters Association
The Maggie Gamble Memorial Prize 2011 – Open 23, New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester
Special Mention – Wedgwood Body Adornment Competition 2008. Work added to the Wedgwood Permanent Collection
Highly commended – RBSA Friends Exhibition – 27th January 2004
The figurative sculptures I produce emanated from looking at decay in general terms. I have found the parallel in the decay of organic life a useful metaphor to depict the same process in the form of a figure. My commentary surrounds the fragility of existence and the human condition. I have explored this through posture and surface, trying to incorporate layers of meaning.
The symbol of the scissors within this context and the positioning of the hands within each piece have been used to signify a fear of mortality, with its inevitability being out of our control. The mask is another element incorporated into this subject matter; I consider the materialism and superficial concerns of modern living to be embodied by such an object. This can serve as another means of obscuring and hiding from the deterioration of the body.
As I am discussing a theme of wide social significance I imagine it to be a subject matter that many people could relate to. Although my work involves the female figure I do not see my audience as gendered, I think these issues are universal.