I grew up in rural shropshire (UK) and began throwing on the potter’s wheel at 15 years of age and I was instantly hooked.My dad was always interested in pottery when I was growing and he inspired me to try it out, so together we enjoyed attending some classes together and later set up a workshop at home. My first wheel was a real workhorse! It was massive and solid but had a terrible squeal that we soon rectified with a good clean and some grease. From here on out, clay became my thing and I went on to study ceramics at the University of Wolverhampton, UK, graduating in 2003.
Since graduating from university, making has always been part of my life. I took commissions and participated in shows and exhibitions here and there but my focus moved on to working in education. I worked for ten years in a south London Special needs school, initially as a teaching assistant before completing teacher training through the University of Sussex, UK, to be an Art and Design teacher. Along side my day job, I taught pottery evening classes at Clapham Pottery, Putney School of Art and design and Richmond and Hillcroft adult community college (all in London area) and kept my own work ticking over in a shared studio space.
In 2018 my family moved to California on a transfer for my wife’s work and I looked after our 6 month old son. As our son grows I have some more time to get my head back into the clay, which feels amazing! I continue teaching evening classes at “The Art Beat” in Campbell this Autumn. For my making I have joined “Higher Fire - Clayspace & Gallery” in San Jose and I also have a small set up at home. Very excited to be making again and look forward to meeting some more clayheads in the near future.