I was born in 1969 and as a child loved drawing and messing about with clay in the garden. At the age of 15 I encountered the head of my local art-school and in a blinding revelation, realised that ‘art’ could be a job!. I studied in Swindon & then Bath, my experience culminating in a 1st class degree in ceramics and 3d design. Whilst at Art School I met his future wife and fellow potter Sarah Monk and in 1994 we moved to Herefordshire and founded Eastnor Pottery.
Current practice includes delivering clay workshops to the Arts, Education and Business. As well as working with groups and individuals at our studio, I travel all over the West Midlands and beyond working with people, all ages and abilities, exploring and developing their creativity via the medium of clay. I regularly work in early years settings, schools, children’s centres, libraries, art galleries, businesses and with prominent organisations.
The things I make are designed to be interacted with and it inspires me to see how other people ‘use’ my work. In 2011 I created a touring exhibition of ceramics designed to excite the five senses. Pots could be shaken, struck, sniffed and tasted!
I am an experienced exponent of the potter’s wheel, using the technique in both my social engagement practice and personal work. My one of ceramics and clay interventions have been exhibited extensively in the U.K and abroad.