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Biography

I originally come from London, UK but spent some of my youth growing up in Zambia, Africa. I have since lived in many other countries: France, Spain, Ireland, Wales, USA, the west country of the UK and Italy.

I completed my first Degree in Fine Art in London at Hornsey College of Art and then went on to a career in the Film and Television Industry. I returned to full time education in 2007 to do a second degree in Ceramics at Bath Spa University in the UK and then continued to gain a Master of Arts in Ceramics.

I am now living and working at my studio here in Sicily, Italy. I am currently exhibiting my most recent work at the Korean International Ceramic Biennale of which I am one of 42 artists selected from aroound the world. I am very excited and honoured to be taking part. The exhibition is from November 2019 to May 2020.

My sculptures are in public and private collections worldwide. I have exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Born
27/10/1961 Corby, U.K

Education
1981-1984               Hornsey College of Art, London   BA(Hons) Fine Art
2007-2011               Bath Spa University, Bath            BA(Hons) 3D  Design/Ceramics
2011-2013               Bath Spa University, Bath            MA Ceramics
                      
Awards
2013   The Gane Trust Award                 Financial award for studio equipment
2011   303 South And West                   Sculpture Award Winner
2011   The Gane Trust Award                 Financial award for studio equipment
2010   The Gane Travel Scholarship       I travelled to Russia to study Puppetry and Contemporary Art

Publications

December 2018         "The Discerner Magazine"
October 2014            “Space Magazine”  Front Cover photograph
March 5th 2013         “500 Prints On Clay”  Lark Publishers, New York. Edited by Paul Wandless
October 2012            “Ceramic Review Magazine"

Collections
                                  Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, Denmark
                                  Davina Kemble
                                  Bourke de Vies

Exhibitions- Selected Group
2019
Current          Korean International Ceramic Biennale, South Korea
Current          Barnums of Noto, Noto, Italy
July                Palazzo Spadoro, Scicli, Italy
July                Natideo, Stallaini, Italy

2018
December      Art Gemini, Singapore
June              Art Gemini Prize, London, UK
February        Flux Exhibition, London, UK


2016
July                Angels, Siracusa, Sicily, Italy
June               Lap Ideo Stalliani, Sicily, Italy
March             Moon out of Ortigia, Siracusa, Sicily, Italy


2015
December      Flux Exhibition, RCA, London,UK
February        Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Centre, Denmark
January          "9th. Annual Graduate Show", Bevere Gallery, UK

2014
June               "New Designers", London, UK
June               Adur Fringe Festival, West Streeet Studios, Shoreham, UK
May                "A Given Structure", Bath Fringe Festival, Bath, UK
March             "Speculative Future" A-Side B-Side Gallery, London, UK

2013
September      MA Show Bath Spa University, UK

2012
December      “Small”  Black Swan Arts, Frome, UK
October          The Holburne Museum, Bath, UK      Museum intervention installation
February         Black Swan Arts, Frome, Somerset, UK
January          “Firing Up” Crafts Council, Bath Spa University, Corsham, UK

2011
September     The Gallery, Honiton, Devon, UK
August           The 303 Show, Bath and West Show ground, Somerset, UK
June              "New Designers", The Design Centre, London, UK
May                Bath Spa University Degree Show, Bath, UK

2007
November      Holt Gallery, Sherborne, Dorset, UK

2006
June               Sumidos Gallery, Sitges, Spain

1984
June               “Pick of the New Graduates”, The Royal Academy of Art, London, UK