PROFILE

Artistic Practice

Since childhood I have always had a passion for painting and drawing and then for the past ten years for ceramics. Drawing and painting is at the essence of all my work, and is part of the process of making. I have recently returned to my love of printmaking which began as a student in Ambleside when I created large lino prints based on the Cumbrian Landscape

My work is inspired by the drama and colour of the Lakeland hills and Morecombe Bay Estuary in which I live, it’s ever changing weather and it’s moods. I use various mark making and printing techniques to add detail and information about the texture and pattern. Each piece is individual, although I sometimes make a series of pieces on the same theme, or return to an idea, interpreting it differently.

Education

I am an artist/teacher with 23 years experience of managing the art curriculum and related art projects from Foundation Stage to upper Key Stage 2.  My work in schools for the past three years has been largely print based , working with children to create mono and collage prints based on their experience and observation of the natural world.

 

WORK HISTORY

Jan 1983-Dec 2006          Primary School teacher and Art Coordinator

Endmoor School 1983-89; Foundation Stage

Castle Park School, 1989-2006

 

Jan 2005 - Present            Partner in Ceramics Cooperative

                                               5+Contemporary Ceramics

                                               Ambleside

 

Jan 1996 - Present             Artist, Green Door Studios

                                               Green Door Studios

                                               Kendal

 

Sep 2001 - Jun 2003         Ceramics Teacher

                                               Brewery Arts Centre

                                               Kendal

Jan 2007                           Self-employed as ceramic artist,

                                          

Jan 2008                           University of Cumbria

Teaching first year Degree and Flex Mod students Art and Design

 

Sept. 08                             Temporary contract teaching ceramics -QTS Art and Design at St Martins

March 2009                      teaching Art and Design to Early years QTS students

May 2010/12                    Project artist with South Cumbria Rivers Trust

 

Commissions

                                              

Jan 2001 - Dec 2001        Kendal Windows on Art

Commission by KWOA to create a community mural for Crook village hall.

 

Oct 2006                            Big Draw Project at Brantfield Nursery, Kendal

May 2007                          South Cumbria Rivers Mural Project at the Brewery Arts Centre

                                           A River Kent Mural project involving 4 local schools producing a ceramic mural

Jan 2008.                           National Trust leaf Mural

A  leaf mural for the new education building at Tarn Hows, working with pupils from John Ruskin school

March 2009                       The Damson Association

Clay workshop at Castle Park School

April 2009                           Lindale School

                                            Clay workshops and production of mural depicting Local flora and Fauna 

June 2009                          Flookburgh school

                                            Staff workshop and creation of mural depicting life of village school

 

EXHIBITIONS/ / SHOWS

Potfest in the Park 2002-4

Kendal Windows on Art Open and Windows exhibition 2000-2005

Green Door Studios Annual exhibitions at Grasmere/Brewery Arts centre 2000-06

Brewery Arts Centre – GD10 2005

Witherslack Group’s Art Circus at the Round House Staveley , Nov/Dec 2005

Stokoe Gallery Alston July o6

Keswick Museum June 06

By Potters Christmas Exhibitions 2004-6

NPA at the Lund Gallery May 2007

‘Small’ Exhibition at Mill Yard Stavely

NPA at the Peter Scott Gallery Dec 2007

NPA at Hornsey’s Gallery Ripon May 2008

Arteria Gallery Lancaster Jan 2009

Silverdale Art trail 2008/12

Hot Pots, Bevior Castle , Leicestershire May 2009

Potfest in the Park 2009

Green Door Studio Green Door Studio Art Trail 2007/11

Cambridge Contemporary Crafts 2011

Haymakers Gallery Hay on Wye 2012

 

Lake Artist summer exhibition 2012

Brantwood January 2013

Printfest Ulverston 2013

Brewery Arts Centre June 2013

Artfest North, July 2013