Born in Glasgow 1967, I grew up by the sea on the west coast of Scotland.
Bone china has been my material of choice for twenty-five years. Whilst undertaking an MA in Industrial Ceramics at Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent I was trained by designers and modellers from Wedgwood and Royal Doulton. I enjoy the technical challenges of working with this alluring yet ‘recalcitrant’ clay body and adopt ‘high-risk’ often unconventional techniques to push the clay to its limits sometimes utilising modern technologies to create works, as I continue to seek new modes of expression with this most traditional of materials.
Working at both domestic and architectural scale my output includes vessel forms, sculpture, panels and screens – the largest being a set of specially commissioned chapel doors standing four metres high by six metres wide and comprising of over 4,500 handmade bone china discs.
In the UK, I have exhibited at numerous venues such as Sotheby’s, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Saatchi Gallery, in shows in Europe including with Bernardaud, in Limoges, along with group and solo exhibitions in Japan and Korea. I have also recently started showing work in the USA with Garth Clark.
Writing in Ceramic Review Judy Adams stated – “He is one of that rare breed of designer makers whose output transcends categorisation, who works with a range of materials, and shifts easily from traditional tools and techniques to the latest technology”.
Delicate Forms, Daring Practice – CeramicReview – Issue 270
Translucent Permutations – Craft Arts International – Issue 82
Seeing the Light – Ceramic Review – Issue 220