After graduating with first class honours in metal work I have been focusing on hand spun enamelled functional and decorative homeware, and latterly jewellery. My style is influenced by mid-century modern colour palettes and I take decorative inspiration from textile pattern as well as the colour and shapes of landscape and nature.
When enamelling I enjoy the making process as much as the outcome of the final object - the almost ceremonial cleansing of a bowl immaculately before enamel can be applied, then carefully sifting on colour, and finally short bursts of high firing at which point the outcome of a finished piece cannot be predicted.
My signature pieces are small vessels high fired with rich colours, applied sporadically or enrobed in colour. Some work also embraces the narrative of figure - posture, gesture, and facial expression and I am currently working on a new collection which will be available soon. The ability to manipulate surface enamel finish through different firing times and temperatures creates a never ending playground of opportunities to discover and this is what drives me on to experiment in my studio in Yorkshire.
I was fortunate to receive a Goldsmiths Bursary towards my final degree project and this has allowed me to expand into different areas. The collection I created for this project represented a departure from enamels requiring me to draw on old bodies of knowledge gained from studying for an architecture and engineering degree; new work incorporates wood and base metals of brass and copper, creating functional tactile pieces such as coffee scoops.
I am based in Holmfirth in a little studio overlooking the river and woods, a great place for inspiration to develop my work.
2017 I week Masterclass one on one with leading enameller Ros Conway, awarded by The Goldsmiths' Company
2016 One of five runners up for the National Trust Open Call Competition (with enamel ware)
2016 BA Hons 1st Class Metal work
2016 Silver bullion grant awarded by the Goldsmiths' Company
2003 HND Art and Design
Guild of Enamellers