I am constantly curious and fascinated by the medium I work with, it’s infinite, and suits my need for multiple working methods to achieve the aesthetics that I’m after.
I have two main bodies of work, thrown functional ware which seems unconsciously to capture the mood of my adopted home, Malta, and conceptual work.
My conceptual pieces are produced through a lengthy design and development process, usually triggered by social interaction, news items and often display my British sense of humour. Techniques in their making may include throwing, slip casting, extruding or slab building.
I am currently producing a wide range of thrown functional ware in stoneware clay with glaze layers that I have developed over the last five years.
The most popular pieces are mugs, jugs, tea bowls and teapots. Mugs come in various descriptions and I have a quirky series called Sperm Buddy mugs which started out as a limited edition series but I can’t now seem to shake off, however I have become quite fond of. Recent additions to my range also include Rock Pool Mugs which are quite intricate sculptural pieces and have been shipped to customers in Canada, America and Scotland.
I fire to cone 6 in two electric kilns and achieve variegated colours by applying multiple layers of glazes that I mix myself. I like a surface with depth and detail creating minute landscapes.
Although born and raised in the British West Midlands, I have lived for many years and work as a full time artist in Malta, a tiny island in the middle of the Mediterranean.
My affair with clay started in 1993 under the tuition of Maltese Ceramic Artist Anna Ciavola and I spent a good few years trying to find my own voice in the medium, setting up my own studio in 2003.
Wanting a better understanding of the process and to gain more knowledge I applied for the BA (Hons) Design, Ceramics course at Glasgow School of Art and graduated my part time studies in 2011 with a First. In 2010 I had already joined a heritage pottery as their Technical Manager and was earning a living working there in the mornings and at my own studio in the afternoons. This offered me two very different spaces in which to create work using very different methods to achieve two very different ranges of work. The heritage pottery produces traditional hand painted slip cast items in white earthenware clay, in my own studio I design and create contemporary work which is vibrantly glazed.
In December 2014 I made the decision to quit my morning employment and devote my time and efforts to my own growing studio practise. To date that difficult decision has proven to be a good one with unexpected opportunities finding me.
Teaching is also part of what I do, I am currently working with young adults with disabilities in a funded project. Each summer I teach groups of children from 7 to 13 years of age and I also offer one to one tuition in throwing.
2008 Core Green Collection Art Exhibition, Balzan March
2008 Eden Foundation Collective Art Exhibition, Gozo
2008 Cyprus/Malta Ceramics Exhibition, Cyprus
2008 Silver Palette Art Competition and Exhibition, Valletta
2008 Wishing Tree Installation, Glasgow, Scotland
2008 Arten Collective Art Exhibition, Valletta
2008 Bare Walls, MSoAMC, Valletta
2008 Degree Students Collective Exhibition, Glasgow, Scotland
2008 Clayart Malta Website Collective Exhibition, Heritage Malta
2008 Free Standing, MTA, Valletta
2008 Open Day, Buskett
2009 Malta/Cyprus collective exhibition, Valletta
2009 Wishing Tree Installation, Notte Bianca, Valletta
2009 Sweiqi Arts Festival, Sweiqi
2009 Art Academy collective exhibition, Mosta
2010 Eden Foundation Collective Art Exhibition, Gozo
2010 Cyprus/Malta Ceramics Exhibition, Cyprus
2010 Functional by Design, Ceramics Collective Exhibition, Mosta
2010 Hope, Joint Exhibition, Mater Dei Hospital
2010 Open Studio, Rabat
2011 Degree Show, Glasgow
2011 MPA Woodbridge Exhibition, UK
2013 Milkshake, Collective Exhibition, St James Cavalier, Valletta
April 2014 CS Lawrence open studio, Birgu, Malta
May 2014 Little Luxuries, Birguma, Malta
July 2014 The Big Art Show, Shrewsbury, UK
September 2014 Veneto Festival, Rovigo, Italy
September 2014 Two Artists Open Studio, Rabat, Malta
November 2014 11th Annual Ceramics Open Day, Rabat, Malta
December 2014 HSBC, Malta
2003 - present Annual Open Studio, Malta
2010 - present Patches Artisan Market, Malta
2011 - present Malta Artisan Market, Malta