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STATEMENT

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.

 

EDUCATION

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.


EXHIBITIONS

2017
Summer Show   Craft Scotland, Edinburgh

2016
Paperworks     Centre for Contemorary Craft & Design, Sleaford

2015
Dazzle     Dovecot Gallery, Edinburgh
2012
Kama; Sesso et Design     Trienallae Musem of Design, Milan
SOFA     Chicago
Selling Sex     Show Studio, London

2011
BJCEM     Internation Bienalle of Young Artists Greece
Reflections     The City Art Centre, Edinburgh
Collect 2011     The Saatchi Gallery, Sloane Square, London.

2010
Life Is Sweet     The Harley Gallery, Wellbeck, Nottinghamshire
Collect 2010     The Saatchi Gallery, London
 Flourishing Fantasies     Craft2eu, Hamburg, Germany

2009
Proverbial Porcelain     Zelli Porcelain, London
Collect 2009     The Saatchi Gallery, London

2008
National Sculpture Awards     Bluecoat, Liverpool
Biennale de Ceramique     Andennes, Belgium

 

AWARDS

2012
Hope Scott Trust Award

2009
Shortlisted for the Zelli Porcelain Prize, London
Scottish Arts Council Creative Development Award

2008
Shortlisted for The National Sculpture Awards, Liverpool.
Peoples Choice Award, Biennalle de Ceramique, Belgium

2007
RGI Benno Schotz Prize for most promising young sculptor
Edinburgh Visual Arts and Craftspersons Award
 Hope Scott Trust Development Award

2006
Scottish Arts Council Professional Development Award