In 1997 at the age of 24 I visited the Sainsbury Centre of Visual Arts in Norwich. A private collection of artefacts from around the world beautifully exhibited alongside modern contemporary art.
It was during this visit that I saw a collection of Lucie Rie and Hans Coper pots. At the time I had no idea who these people were but the work of Hans Coper had a huge impact on me. It was a language of expression that resonated deep.
To learn more I began a full time ceramic degree at Cardiff University under the tuition of Peter Starkey and Geoffrey Swindell.
Peter was very much from the Bernard Leach school, teaching traditional pottery techniques, its origins and philosophies. In contrast Geoff who was taught by Lucie Rie and Hans Coper at the Royal College of Art introduced me to the concept of fine art pottery. Gently challenging tradition whilst still remaining respectful.
I graduated in 2001 and worked within education until opening my first studio and gallery in 2010.
Since then I have been involved in building two medieval style Japanese anagama kilns in the UK with Gas Kimishima as well as being invited to participate and exhibit at ceramic events Internationally.
Having joined forces with my partner Penelope Vallejo in 2018 I moved my studio from the UK and continue to develop my ceramic work whilst running classes in Catalonia, Spain.
Together we also organise International workshops working with some of the leading ceramic artists from around the world.
Group and solo exhibtions
2001 Degree Show, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. UK
2001 Fire and Earth, Rufford Crafts Centre, Nottinghamshire. UK
2001 New Designers, London. UK
2001 Art in Clay, Hatfield. UK
2001 Inside Out, Elements Gallery, Cardiff. UK
2002 The Washington Gallery, Penarth. UK
2002 The Broadway Gallery, Cardiff. UK
2003 Welsh Artist of the Year. Cardiff. UK
2009 Market House Gallery, Marazion. Cornwall. UK
2011 Japan Art Auction, Studio Manchester Gallery
2011 Arts and Crafts United. UK
2011 Usak University Art Gallery, Usak. Turkey
2011 Haddenham Galleries, Haddenham. Cambs. UK
2011 Emanuel College, Cambridge. UK
2011 Chelsea Old Town Hall. London. UK
2011 Radley College, Arbington. Oxfordshire. UK
2011 All Saints Church, Cambridge. UK
2012 Lucinda Brown Gallery, Buckinghamshire. UK
2012 Greyfriers Art Space, Kings Lynn. UK
2018 Potfest, Cumbria. UK
2018 Terrania, Montblanc, Tarragona. Spain
2019 Fredric Mares Museum, Montblanc. Tarragona. Spain
2019 Jingdezhen, China.
2019 Galeria Natalia Ferre, Montblanc, Tarragona. Spain
2000 Castellamonte, Itay
2001 Castellamonte, Italy
2013 Nic Collins, Barn Pottery, Devon. UK
2015 ICF Wales. UK
2017 Eskisehir, Turkey
2017 Shinobu Hashimoto, Barcelona. Catalunya. Spain
2017 Akira Satake, Barcelona. Catalunya. Spain
2017 ICF Wales. UK
2018 Mami Kato, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain
2018 Willy Van Bussel, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain
2018 Eddie Curtis, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain
2019 John Britt, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain
2019 Hiroshige Kato, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain
2019 Willy Van Bussel, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain
2019 Jeff Shapiro, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain
2020 Silpakorn University, Bangkok. Thailand.
2011 ‘Handmade in Britain’, Piyush Suri. Vivays Publishing.
Twig Ltd, Tetbury. UK
Athur Ramone Art, Barcelona. Catalunya. Spain
AmatoSole, Barcelona. Catalunya. Spain