Originally trained in Jewellery at Middlesex University, I went on to study for an MA at the Royal College of Art. My career has two mutually beneficial aspects to it – the fabrication of sculptural pieces and the facilitation of others artistic work. Working mainly in metal I utilizes a range of techniques and processes, including jewellery, silversmithing and blacksmithing skills to create small hand held objects through to large-scale architectural pieces. The one thing common to all my work regardless of scale is the attention to detail, gained from my training as a jeweller.
Creating work for commissions and exhibitions, I recently worked on a site-specific piece for a National Trust Tithe Barn in Somerset. Another rewarding project was my residency at the Botanic Gardens Leicester, where I worked with a number of groups with special needs. Collaborating with two schools, I used elements created by the participants to create two of the three permanent pieces that were fabricated for permanent display in the gardens.
Enthusiastic to ensure that others also appreciate the diversity and potential of working in metal and other craft materials, I have taught at a number of institutions around the country, including Loughborough University, De Montfort University, Leicester and Banbury and Bicester College teaching on undergraduate courses, At City and Guilds of London Art School, the Arts institute Bournemouth, Kent Institute of Art and Design, and Coventry University I have taught on Foundation in Art and Design courses. I have also worked with students developing skills in jewellery and metalwork at Richmond Adult Community College.