In 2009 , after 30 years of living and working in Cardiff as a glaze technician in the ceramics department at Cardiff College of Art , I retired and moved to Gloucestershire where I spent the first two years building and setting up my own workshop , where I am now making on a full time basis.
After many years of working with reduction glazes and firing gas kilns , I decided to focus on oxidised glazes using electric kilns in an effort to produce work which had a more contemporary feel to it and relied less on some of the cliches associated with traditional studio pottery.
My work is thrown in a very white burning clay body which helps to promote the vibrancy of colour that can be achieved.
I am currently focusing on making bowls and one off pieces which utilise vibrant matt glazes in conjunction with slips and pigments. I am continually experimenting with the range of colour and surface that I use to broaden and enhance the diversity of my making. This experimentation often provides the impetus for new pieces.
Born: 1949 Dundee, Scotland
Training and Education
York School of Art 1966 68 pre diploma
Cardiff College of Art 1968 71 diploma in art and design (1st Class Hons )
York Rose Pottery ( Manager ) 1971 74
Ceramic Technician York School of Art 1974 79
Ceramic Technician Cardiff college of Art 1979 2002
Technical Demonstrator in ceramics at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff 2002- 2009
Now making full time in own studio in Gloucestershire