About 

The human desire to make functional objects beautiful fascinates me as it shows a need for self-expression that is impractical. Ceramics has a familiar quality, as a material common in homes and used daily around the world it is almost comforting. Yet these everyday objects can be incredibly beautiful in their own right. Having grown up near

Stoke-on-Trent, the heritage of the area has been an important source of inspiration. 

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I combine traditionally industrial processes with craft skills to create my work. Material exploration is at the heart of my design process, I love exploring the qualities of the ceramic surface. Pouring the glaze allows slight variations in thickness and an organic line where the glaze ends. The balance between chance and control means that whilst the design is the same, every piece is different. Exposing the beautiful surface of the clay body also creates a contrast with the glaze. This is further highlighted when layered with print.

Awards

2019 British Ceramics Biennial FRESH Residency

2019 RAW Talent art& York

2018 New Designers Denby Associate Prize

2018 New Designers National Trust Artisan & Craft Associate Prize

2017 Shelley Group Student Award (Bursary)

Exhibitions

2020 Rising Stars, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

2020 The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds

2019 art& York, York Racecourse

2019 FRESH, British Ceramics Biennial, Stoke-on-Trent

2019 One Year In, New Designers, London

2018 New Designers, Business Design Centre, London

2018 Show and Tell, Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent

2018 Graduate Exhibition, Bevere Gallery, Worcester

2017 New Designers, Business Design Centre, London

2017 Show and Tell, Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent

Education

MA Ceramic Design | 2018 | Staffordshire University

BA (Hons) Ceramics | 2010 | Camberwell College of Art

Residencies and Work Placements

ABF Step Change Programme | Staffordshire University | 2019/20

Artist in Residence | AA2A Staffordshire University |  2018/ 19

Internship | Honav (Beijing & Jingdezhen) | November 2018

Work Placement | Denby Pottery | August 2018 

Work Placement | Churchill China | July 2017 

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Made in Staffordshire, England