deliciously irreverent ceramics and jewellery
Originally a ceramicist I have recently retrained and developed a new body of jewellery that combines luxurious porcelain and bone china with precious metals, but removes the formality of the materials so they drip with the desire of momentary self-indulgence. My work is informed by the recurring themes of sex and food and the instant gratification of covetous confectionary sits against the inherent value of the materials I use. In this age of austerity we must look to the humble things that make us happy, and we must celebrate them with reckless abandon. I aim to draw attention to the little things that tempt us and glamorise the simple pleasures in life. Sugar free, fat free, but completely indulgent!
I first studied Ceramics at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, graduating in 2003, and followed this with an MA in Ceramics at UWIC, Cardiff in 2004. I have exhibited extensively both in this country and abroad most recently as part of ‘Collect’ at the Saatchi Gallery (2009 – 2011), representing Scotland at the International Biennial of Young Artists in Greece in 2011, SOFA Chicago in 2012, and with the Triennial Museum of Art and Design in Milan as part of Sesso, Kama et Design in 2013. Recent publications include Design Behind Desire, 500 Paper Objects and Humour in Craft. Awards received include the People’s Choice Award at the Belgian Ceramics Biennale, and the Hope Scott Trust award.
2003 – 2004
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff: MA Ceramics
1999 – 2003
DOJCAD, Dundee: BDes (Hons) Ceramics, 1st Class.
EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS
Dec 2012 ‘Kama, Sesso et Design’, Trienallae Musem of Design, Milan.
Nov 2012 SOFA (Sculptural Objects, Functional Art), Chicago.
Nov 2012 ‘In The Window’, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool.
Mar 2012 ‘Selling Sex’- Show Studio, London.
Dec 2011 BJCEM internation bienalle of young Artists, Greece.
Nov 2011 ‘Reflections’, The City Art Centre, Edinburgh.
Jun 2011 “Blue”, Flow Gallery, London.
May 2011 “Revolution”, The Harley Gallery, Wellbeck, Notts.
May 2011 Collect 2011, The Saatchi Gallery, Sloane Square, London.
Oct 2010 UKYA01, Pickford’s House, Derby Museums and Art Galleries.
Sept 2010 “Origin”, Spittalfields Market, London.
Aug 2010 “Life Is Sweet”, The Harley Gallery, Wellbeck, Nottinghamshire.
May 2010 Collect 2010 The Saatchi Gallery, Sloane Square, London.
May 2010 “Flourishing Fantasies”, Craft2eu, Hamburg, Germany
Jan 2010 “Hotpot; Art, Food and People”, FCAC, St Andrews Museum.
Oct 2009 Proverbial Porcelain, Zelli Porcelain, London.
Mar 2009 Collect 2009, The Saatchi Gallery, Sloane Square, London.
Aug 2008 National Sculpture Awards, Bluecoat, Liverpool.
Jun 2008 Biennale de Ceramique, Andennes, Belgium.
Mar 2006 “Talente 2006”, International Hendwerksmesse, Munich.
Oct 2009 Shortlisted for the Zelli Porcelain Prize, London.
Jul 2009 Scottish Arts Council Creative Development Award.
Aug 2008 Shortlisted for The National Sculpture Awards, Liverpool.
Jun 2008 Peoples Choice Award, Biennalle de Ceramique, Belgium.
Oct 2007 RGI Benno Schotz Prize for most promising young sculptor.
May 2007 Edinburgh Visual Arts and Crafts-persons Award.
Apr 2007 Hope Scott Trust Development Award.
Mar 2006 Scottish Arts Council Professional Development Award.