Having taken a left turn from the legal world into the creative side of life via an Illustration Degree, I have recently realised the exciting possibilities of telling entire stories through ceramics.
We are surrounded by ceramics and storybooks yet they don’t often come together. Finding a way to make pictures on pots so that the pot not only tells an entire story but that its shape enhances the story rather than being merely incidental, is a huge and inviting challenge. Pictures on a pot have added qualities. They can be applied in many layers each being fired to create an eerie illusion of depth in the thin surface layer. They are also a welcome rest for eyes used to looking at images on the flat screen and the tactile nature of illustrated stories across pots gives an added richness – the pictures can be read with the fingers.
As to my subject matter, it's the endless thoughts and observations that I have passing through life, from the way that we deal with our relationships with elderly parents to pavement detritus, all of which can be woven into stories.
2018 Buckland Abbey, National Trust, The World Encompassed
2017 Master of All Trades, The John Ruskin Prize Shortlist Exhibition, Millenium Gallery, Sheffield
2017 Illustrations from the Port Eliot Festival 2016
2017 Limekiln Gallery, Calstock, Fresh off the Press
2016 Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, 164th Autumn Open Exhibition
2016 Whitstable Art Trail
2016 Drawn to the Valley Open Studios
2016 Plymouth University, Impressions 5
2016 House of Illustration, London, Folio Society Illustration Competition
2011-14 Drawn to the Valley Open Studios, Devon
2013 Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, 161st Autumn Open Exhibition
2012 Delamore Arts, Devon, Arts@Delamore
2012 Devon Artists Network, Open Studios
2012 Limekiln Gallery, Calstock, Fresh off the Press
2011 Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, 159th Autumn Open
2011 Limekiln Gallery, Calstock, Fresh off the Press
2011 Mall Galleries, London, Bite
2007 Greenway, Torquay, The Great Create
2013-2016 Plymouth University. BA Illustration, First-class Honours
2012-2013 Tor Bridge High Academy, Plymouth.
Foundation Diploma: Distinction
Awards and Achievements
2017 The John Ruskin Prize Student and Graduate Prize
2016/17 Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard, Plymouth Studio Residency Award
2016 World Illustration Awards Shortlisted
2016 3x3 International Illustration Show Honorable Mention
2016 Plymouth University Illustration Outstanding Achievement Award
2016 Folio Society Illustration Competition 2016 Finalist
2015 Plymouth University, Dean’s Award
2012 Devon Artists Network Emerging Artist Bursary