I was born in Cork, Ireland in 1971, and trained in the Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork City. My studio is in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Concentrating on the challenges of forms thrown on the potter’s wheel which are then altered and changed at varying stages of the drying process, I produce Sculptural Decorative Vessels. ‘Closed’ Abstract Forms are also explored through the production of limited edition Cast Bronze objects. The major concerns that my work deals with are a love of Form, Line and Volume expressed through the qualities and scope of my chosen materials. I have an on-going relationship with porcelain, and for now it is still my clay of choice. Of great importance is the potential of new and exciting edges, contours and shapes which can be explored through an understanding of material qualities coupled, crucially, with ever-increasing skill. Surface quality is also critical; I research extensively to find the best glaze for the form; or vice-versa. Patination of the cast metal forms is also meticulously considered to accentuate the form and speak of the material.
The development of the work is fuelled by Process and Finish. I am committed to constant exploration and a deepening understanding of material and how it behaves. I ‘Play’. Experiment. I try things out which are often not initially successful.
This uninhibited part of my making-cycle involves risk-taking, failure and critical understanding.
It is fundamental to my way of understanding and to resolving ideas and forms.