I studied ceramics at Manchester Polytechnic, gaining a BA (Hons) in 3Dimensional Design, specialising in wheel thrown pottery and jewellery. This was in 1982. The following year I studied to get my PGCE before going on to teach art and pottery. Since 1996 I have worked mostly doing graphic and web design with some adult teaching.

During the summer of 1980 I had the opportunity to work at Coxwold Pottery under Peter Dick. Peter made wood-fired earthenware, both table ware and plant pots, decorating his pots with slip trailed designs which were made more stunning with the glaze being enhanced with flashes of wood ash.

coxwold pottery
Coxwold Pottery

Following my time at Coxwold Pottery I made a lot of large plates decorated with slip trailing, something which I’m hoping to return to making more of.

My other interests include playing the piano, especially works by Chopin (Scherzo in B♭m, Ballade I), Schumann (Kriesleriana) and Rachmaninov (Prelude op23 no.4 and Etudes Tableaux op33 no.4). I also lead worship at my local church fellowship.

small jug
Small jug made at Manchester Polytechnic 1981. Celadon glaze over iron slip with scraffito.
coxwold village
Coxwold village, acrylic on paper (16″ x 12″)