I came to ceramics very late. As a teenager I painted, but I didn't much enjoy Foundation Art and Design, so I never made it to art school. Instead I embarked on a 25 year career in the charity sector, which included running services for homeless people and prisoners.
During the 2000s I was living in Lambeth. One day I was out for a walk when I came across the old Doulton pottery factory, which is still covered in the most amazing ceramic tiles and sculpture. That prompted me to start collecting Doulton pottery. By 2015 my flat was increasingly filled with pots, and I decided to try my hand at making some, starting with evening classes in ceramics at Morley College.
The following year I took a course at City Lit run by Annie Turner, who introduced me to porcelain paper clay. After a year of working with normal clay, paper clay seemed alive with possibility. While everyone else was casting natural objects in slip, I spent the course happily modelling roosters.
By the end of the week I knew that I wanted to sculpt full-time, and at the start of 2017 I embarked on a two year period of learning my craft and developing my own work. You can view the results on this site in the Work for Sale section.