Residency at Shaw Centre for Contemporary Ceramics, Medalta, Alberta, Canada

A big part of my practice over the years has been the residency. Being in a new environment, region or country where the everyday is unfamiliar and heightened is a great source of inspiration for me. My research degree at Sunderland (completed in 2010) also provided much input into the artwork I created subsequently.

In 2014 I was artist in residence at Medalta. This allowed valuable focused time away from the studio to create new work in response to the location and surrounding area. The landscapes, urban spaces, museum collections and other experiences all formed the basis of an experimental body of work. Previous trips to Alberta and research into tourism also fed into the project.

Medicine Hat

Work in progress



Residency at the Clay Studio, Philadelphia, 2007

Philadelphia 353

Philadelphia, North 2nd St

During the two month residency I gathered visual and written material from the city and surrounding region, to feed into experimental work based on the souvenir. The work made there was part of my M.Phil research. I explored various forms, images and used photographs to create decals.

It formed a starting point for a large body of work on return that explored broad themes of ‘familiar/unfamiliar’ and the displacement and heightened state of travel. .

Salt and pepper set, height 40cm




Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee – Craft Bursary Project 2010-2011

This project enabled me to spend time researching, documenting and developing experimental pieces at the college. It was my first project accessing the D’Arcy Thompson Museum at the University, and subsequently fed into numerous other creative work.