I grew up among the ironworks and steel mills of the Black Country, and began sculpting in metal in my early teens. Later leaving the industrial wasteland for the bright skies of southern Spain, where I lived for over 20 years, I developed a love of olive wood, and have been joining wood and metal ever since. The trinity of my materials is completed by clay, in the shape of Raku, which with its metallic glazes and my home-built kilns of all shapes and sizes brings me full circle to the foundries of my youth.
Raku ceramics, metal and wood – together they allow me to explore the relationship between the man-made and nature, chance and intention.
I combine painstakingly heat-coloured copper or steel and the natural graining of old English elm, oak and yew with the chance outcomes of the raku glaze. Working in raku permits me to build my own kilns and thus take ceramic sculpting to experimental places and dimensional limits. The unpredictable nature of raku informs the eventual hard-won order of a finished piece.
Selected Recent Exhibitions:
2019 – Melbourne Arts Festival Art & Architecture Trail, Derbyshire, UK
2018 – Wirksworth Festival Art & Architecture Trail, Derbyshire, UK
2018 – Melbourne Arts Festival Art & Architecture Trail, Derbyshire, UK
2017 – Melbourne Arts Festival Art & Architecture Trail, Derbyshire, UK
2016 – Group Exhibition, St. John Street Gallery, Ashbourne, UK
2015 – Group Exhibition, Regent Gallery, Stourbridge, UK
2014 – The Museum Belongs To All, Kunsthaus Berlin, Marbella, Spain
2014 – Passion in Art Exhibition, National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS), Benahavis, Spain
2013 – Kinsale Arts Festival, Susan Harris Gallery, Kinsale, Ireland
2013 – Finalist, VI Ramon Portillo Art Contest, Motril, Spain
2013 – Solo Exhibition, Gallery Nestor Plada, Estepona, Spain
Works held in private collections in Spain, Ireland, Germany, France, the US and the UK