About the Artworks

I make ceramics and draw, creating figures and structures that evoke personal and shared 21st century paradoxes, the work is broadly figurative. Ceramic works occupy an interesting and ambiguous place between art, craft and design, taking on different guises depending on how the work is conceived and how it is shown. This mobility makes the medium even more flexible than the raw material and more open to manipulation and conveying meaning.

I have had a portfolio career in art and design which spans working as a community artist, a freelance illustrator and more recently supporting my artistic practice by working as a web designer. My Restart blog on A-N discusses some of the issues faced by any artist navigating the labyrinth involved in establishing an art practice from the uk.

The Artists Space

The Artists Space is an opportunity for artists to take an overview of the state of their practice in terms of personal meaning and satisfaction and consider how they might progress. These sessions could transform your art practice simply by helping you use the information you already have about yourself more effectively.

Restart blog on a-n

War of the Worlds, a ceramic tableau of terra cotta TV sets illuminated with light bulbs, complete installation is about 1m high by 2 metres wide.

In this blog I look at the process of learning how to engage with ideas, other artists and the wider public through writing. I aim to reveal key points about living with an art practice, logging what that involves and how it affects the balance of my activities. Subjects include: The Creative cycle; How most artists are part-timers; Being male; The men’s movement; The complexities of working in an ancient medium now; The physical and mental health of artists.

Ceramic sculpture

Figure work, running, jumping, dancing

My ceramic work looks increasingly at what it means to be male in a diverse and fast evolving culture where masculine roles have changed much faster than the recurrent scripts that support them. This is my intention but I do not tackle gender politics head on, rather it forms the backdrop to the way I make things.

At the present almost all my work is of (male) figures, this is a relatively new strand in my output. I want to use my sculpture and drawing artworks to explore the rich complexity of being a man in a post feminist age.