My background is in ceramics and I have recently shifted the focus of my practise towards art jewellery and sculptural wearables.
Drawing inspiration from the confectionary industry my collection aims to glamorise the simple pleasures in life. Having explored the rainbow spectrum of sweet treats from penny chews and lollies in luminous packaging, to cakes and pastries piled with cream, fruit and icing, I have distilled these treats down to their simplest forms, colours and compositions. A sickly sweet pastel colour palette derived from the sticky opacity of fruity chews, marshmallows and foams is achieved through a combination of stained porcelain and carefully matched gemstones. A wealth of form and pattern inspiration is drawn from mass produced pressed and cast forms not only of the product, but of the plastic casings that cocoon them. Nuggets of cast porcelain and oversized gemstones are wrapped up in silver bezel settings and arranged in a collaged pick ‘n’ mix of pleasurable extravagance. The formality of precious materials is removed to create wearables that drip with the desire of momentary self-indulgence and look good enough to eat. The concurrence of porcelain and silver with incongruous and dispensable, nature of the subject matter creates an ironic play of worth between what we desire and what we choose to indulge in.
03 – 04 University of Wales Institute, Cardiff: MA Ceramics
99 – 03 Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art and Design: Batchelor of Design (Hons) Ceramics, 1st Class.
Summer Show Craft Scotland, Edinburgh
Paperworks Centre for Contemorary Craft & Design, Sleaford
Dazzle Dovecot Gallery, Edinburgh
Kama; Sesso et Design Trienallae Musem of Design, Milan
Selling Sex Show Studio, London
BJCEM Internation Bienalle of Young Artists Greece
Reflections The City Art Centre, Edinburgh
Collect 2011 The Saatchi Gallery, Sloane Square, London.
Life Is Sweet The Harley Gallery, Wellbeck, Nottinghamshire
Collect 2010 The Saatchi Gallery, London
Flourishing Fantasies Craft2eu, Hamburg, Germany
Proverbial Porcelain Zelli Porcelain, London
Collect 2009 The Saatchi Gallery, London
National Sculpture Awards Bluecoat, Liverpool
Biennale de Ceramique Andennes, Belgium
Hope Scott Trust Award
Shortlisted for the Zelli Porcelain Prize, London
Scottish Arts Council Creative Development Award
Shortlisted for The National Sculpture Awards, Liverpool.
Peoples Choice Award, Biennalle de Ceramique, Belgium
RGI Benno Schotz Prize for most promising young sculptor
Edinburgh Visual Arts and Craftspersons Award
Hope Scott Trust Development Award
Scottish Arts Council Professional Development Award