My lifelong love of nature and appreciation of its rhythms and seasonal cycles inspires my environmental sculptures, in particular both the Warrior and Guardian series. These highlight our obligation to protect our wonderful environment, maintaining its fragile and intricate balance for future
Prior to art college, clay had always intrigued me; its geological origins, flexibility and technical challenges. While at Bath Academy, I developed a range of coloured, stoneware Engobes, which eliminate the troublesome application and firing of glazes and form a durable matt finish suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
These Engobes feature extensively in my commissioned 2m x 3m mural commemorating the Belgian farmers’ dying craft of cultivating ground-forced chicory hearts (Grondwitloof) in
all weathers. This traditional “white gold” outrivals hydroponic replacements.
My “Countryside Walks?” sculptures encourage awareness of one’s surroundings while walking; increasingly, people walk enveloped in virtual worlds. As commissions, they also tell
stories about those who receive them; perhaps their character, favourite environments/landscapes, events or landmarks in their journey through life. These personal portrayals often evoke humour, for example copies of relatives’ feet!
I began creating Bronze figures in Ireland, enjoying the freedom of sculpting in wax and the patination of the metal. I’d love to do more of this work.
I’m currently working on a series of ceramic sculptures entitled “The Power and the Glory in Nature”, inspired by the beauty of Cornish coast gannets but also the hardships they
endure. My latest work highlights the devastating impact of shore-littering plastics and fishing-net debris on gannet colonies.
I studied in Belfast College of Art, Bath Academy of Art and in Cardiff University. My sculptures have been exhibited in New Zealand, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, N.
Ireland, Eire, England and Japan. They can be found in many private and public collections, including the Mino Ceramic Art Museum, Tajimi, Japan. I have also had work published in
magazines, including Ceramic Review and in Anne Lightwood's book on Paperclay.