Although born and raised in the city of Glasgow, childhood visits to my grandparent’s croft on the Isle of Lewis imprinted upon me a deep sense of belonging which continues to inspire and influence my ceramic practice. In particular, I find a special strength and aesthetic quality in everyday implements, in their construction: curves; notches; pegs; rivets. Using the vessel as my starting point, the resultant forms echo both the original object and the movement associated with its’ use – curving, twisting and stretching.
The forms are hand-built using strips of stoneware clay, affording me the ability to exercise control whilst maintaining direct contact with the material. In contrast to this control, the pieces are glazed in a less structured manner. Glazes are not sieved and are applied using a combination of pouring, brushing and ‘flicking’ - multi fired crater glazes add to the rugged texture and are reflective of landscape and the seasons. The work also alludes to encrusted objects recovered from the sea.
It occurred to me, upon returning to work with clay after a break of many years, that I had not incorporated any reference to our home of almost 40 years, the home where we raised our family. My new body of work still reflects elements of my original preoccupation with crofting but also incorporates elements of the worn surfaces and weathered and worn farming implements from an abandoned farm ‘up top’; recent glaze experiments include wood ash from the pruned branches of trees in our wood.
I am returning (for a second time!) to my ceramics practice, combining this with a long-standing commitment to supporting the role of arts and culture in effecting transformational change.
1993 - 1997 Glasgow School of Art
BA (Hons) Design, Specialism Ceramics,
Design School Prize Winner, Travelling Scholarship
Chase Charity Award: Glasgow School of Art Scholarship
2020: Visual Arts Scotland
2020: Scottish Artist Union
2019: Member of Upland, Dumfries & Galloway
2018: Member & Board Member, Applied Arts Scotland
2018: Scottish Contemporary Arts Network
1999 – 2001: VAS Council Member, Applied Arts: Selection and Hanging Committee.
1999: Elected Professional Member, Visual Arts Scotland
2020: Peer Mentor, Upland, Dumfries & Galloway
2019: MAKE Manifesto Committee Member
2008 – 2017: Executive Director/Creative Director 2008 - 2017
West Kilbride Community Initiative Ltd/Craft Town Scotland
2004 – 2008: Craft Development Officer/Manager, West Kilbride Community Initiative Ltd/Scotland’s Craft & Design town
2007: Gifted, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
2007; Winter Warmth, Park Gallery, Callendar House, Falkirk
2007: Spectrum Gallery, Powys, Wales
2006: Yorkshire Sculpture Park
2001: Visual Arts Scotland, Annual Exhibition, RSA Edinburgh
2000: Bridge Gallery, Dublin
1999: Strathearn Gallery, Crieff
1998: Artistic License, London
1998: Highland Open Art Exhibition, Art tm, Inverness (touring)
1998: Scottish Artists and Artist Craftsmen Exhibition, RSA Edinburgh
1998: Gilt Edged, Ass. of Applied Artist Exhibition, Collins Gallery Glasgow
1997: New Generation, Compass Gallery Glasgow
1997: GSA Graduates, Galerie Carla Koch Amsterdam
1997: Scottish Society of Artists Annual Exhibition, RSA Edinburgh