Ever since graduating over 35 years ago, I have been immersed in ceramics, dividing my time between my own art practice, teaching and research.
I originally studied ceramics as part of a broader 3D Design course at Manchester Polytechnic, graduating way back in 1982. My tutors at Manchester included Alex McErlain and Chris Jenkins. On graduating I was fortunate to work for a year with David Roberts, a highly regarded Raku potter, based in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire.
I have shown my ceramic work in many exhibitions both in the UK and internationally and have been fortunate to participate in numerous international ceramic symposium around the world.
My work can be found in a number of international public and private collections and has been featured in numerous journals and books.
I first taught at Wrexham College of Art between 1982 and 1990, and since then have taught ceramics at the University of Central Lancashire, in Preston, UK.
In my current position as Professor of Contemporary Ceramics, I am course leader of the MA Ceramics programme, and Head of the Silicate Research Unit. Investigation developed through both my art practice and more formal research has led to the formation of a University spin-out company - ALUSID. The research that led to the formation of ALUSID was supported by over £250,000 of Research Council funding from the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
ALUSID makes architectural surfacing materials (tiles, cladding and solid surfaces), made almost entirely from recycled industrial ceramic and glass waste.
ALUSID now has has fully operational manufacturing facility, based in Preston, Lancashire. The company has undertaken projects for a number of prestigious clients including, Nando's restaurants, Wells Fargo Bank, Amazon, Selfridges, Topps Tiles and private clients in the UK and Middle East.
The company has attracted over £1.5m of private investment funding and is currently working towards establishing a large scale manufacturing plant, funded through a stock market flotation.
Whilst increasingly devoting my time to my own art practice, I still undertake R&D work for ALUSID.
UNESCO International Academy of Ceramics
Crafts Council Index of Selected Makers
Fellow of The Craft Potters Association
Contemporary Applied Arts
My home and studio is in Cilcain, a small village in North Wales.