My work celebrates Britain's industrial heritage and the impact it has had on local architecture and family lives. “Coal and Clay” is a response to my research into my maternal family history. Coming from the City of Stoke-on-Trent, they were employed by the two major industries of the time: the potteries and the coal mines. In fact, my great-grandfather worked down the pit until an accident injured his leg, whilst his wife worked on the pottery’s factory floor. Stories like these fascinate and excite me, and I hope my ceramics will do the same for you.
I create narrative ceramic vessels through slab-building techniques, and use the clay surface to stamp and print drawn illustrations of industry symbols as well as employee portraits. After firing I apply a monochrome palette of glaze to complement and enhance the surface. If you would like to have your own ceramic piece created to celebrate your family's industrial connections then please get in touch.
I grew up in the historic town Macclesfield, Cheshire, home of the Silk Industry. Since 2016 I have lived in Stockport, overlooking the Hat Works, where I have recently set up my home studio.
I have received awards from the Manchester Academy of Fine Art as well as the Bluecoat Display Centre in Liverpool for my ceramic vessels.