About

I am an artist living and working in Perthshire, Scotland. At this point in my career I am nurturing a growing personal practice in ceramics (and some print-making) whilst continuing to develop my social/community arts practice. This work occurs alongside my roles as a mother and a community worker.

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Process

My work primarily uses print-based techniques on hand-built clay forms as well as 2d lino & woodcut printing. I am currently learning throwing and slip-casting processes to diversify my skills. In my ceramics practice I hand-build simple forms which offer a blank canvas for the detailed designs I apply. I then use sgraffito, etching and stencil processes to apply my designs with a preference for bold colour or monochrome and intricate detail. I enjoy capturing the vividness and intricacy of the world around us. Much of my work is inspired by the forms and patterns of the natural world – tangles of branches, stands of pines, collections of lichens.

The mediums of ceramics and printing appeal to me because they involve various stages and I get a real sense of excitement in the final ‘reveal’ stage – whether pulling the print or opening the kiln. I also enjoy the way they encourage play and experimentation at every stage.

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Socially-engaged Practice

Whilst I have had a creative practice all my adult life, it was on moving to Perthshire and beginning to work explicitly with clay and print as mediums that I have dedicated significant energy to my personal practice. Prior to this much of my creative work has been in collaboration with communities, in Scotland and abroad.

In the coming months I’m excited to be stepping more actively into my ‘community arts’ boots taking on a role with the ‘Cultivate Programme’ working with community partners in Alyth. Find out more about the project here. I am also currently developing work around increasingly social themes – including a project about ‘The Berries’ in Perthshire and a collaborative project around personal relationships to the natural world.

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