This blog started life as a kind of diary for my MA Ceramics studies at Bath Spa University commencing at the end of the British summer of 2013. These studies were completed in February of 2016, with a public showing of the work at Bath Spa’s Sion Hill site in September of 2016.
After February 2016 I made the decision to continue using the blog as a way of recording thoughts, work and events in my creative life.
I studied for a BA in Ceramics at Bath Spa University from 2001 to 2004, though I have been making ceramic objects since the early 1990s.
Between 2004 and 2010 I mainly concentrated on the production of decorative plates and platters made using white earthenware and decorated with richly coloured earthenware glazes. In retrospect, this work seems to have emanated from an earlier life as a student of geography with an appreciation of the beauty of maps and geological phenomena, though this was certainly not an intention at the time of making.
After the Great Financial Crash, starting in 2008, I found that the market for this relatively high-priced work was drying up; a showing at Ceramic Art London in 2010 proved to me that things were getting difficult.
Around the same time, Ceramics BA courses in the UK seemed to be on a path of rapid decline. The job I held as full-time technician on such a course at Bath Spa University proved to be no exception; my job disappeared along with the course.
After the difficulties of 2010, I found it necessary to start producing functional pottery as a means of survival, filling in with some work as a gallery assistant. Eventually, small amounts of technician work started to re-appear, initially supporting MA Ceramics courses at Corsham Court in Wiltshire. This was followed by a gradual re-emergence of interest in Ceramics from undergraduates from a more Fine Art based perspective. At the time of writing this in 2016, this movement seems to be in full swing.
I currently work from a studio in Bristol and have a website where you will find out more about me and my work.