I was born in Oxford and grew up in one of the colleges, surrounded by art and craft of every kind. As a child I was always making toys, and as a teenager I painted obsessively. My original plan was to go to art school, but my foundation year was not a positive experience. I mainly learned that there was an 'art school method' which was both non-negotiable and wholly unrelated to the way I wanted to work.
I abandoned my art school plans and started working in the voluntary sector. For the next 25 years I worked with marginalised people, especially homeless people and prisoners. From them I learned how often people live out stories which were written before they were born, despite valiant efforts to change course. That realisation was the start of my fixation on re-writing stories in art.
The catalyst to start making again was a short pottery course in 2015. The first handful of clay whispered 'leave your job and run off with me'. Other courses followed, home filled up with clays and equipment, and I set aside 2017 to build my artistic practice. A year of intensive experimentation is now bearing fruit, and I will be showing the first collection my work in a private view in March 2018. Please do sign up for email alerts if you would like to receive an invitation.