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Education and professional development

2013 - onwards  Ceramic artist, teacher and owner of Fig Tree Studio, Lower Hutt

2010 - 2011       Co-ordinator, Otago Polytechnic distance diploma of ceramic arts

2008 - 2011       Tutor, Otago Polytechnic distance diploma of ceramic arts, Wellington

2001 – 2003      Teacher, art, design and ceramics, secondary school level, UK and NZ

2000 – 2001      Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Art and Design; University of Plymouth, UK

1995 – 1998      BA (Hons) Ceramics degree, Cardiff University, Wales: Final grade: 2:1

1992 – 1995      BTEC Diploma in Art and Design, Yeovil, England: Awarded Merit



2014           Invitation to judge Creative Clay exhibition, Lower Hutt

2014           Awarded best exhibit, Dynamic Ceramic exhibition, Cambridge, NZ

2014           New Zealand Potters’ Society travel grant to attend Art in Clay, UK

2011           New Zealand Potters’ Society award for excellence, Lower North Island


Taught workshops

2015          Two day workshop on surface and handbuilding techniques, Wanganui Potters Association

2008          Two day workshop on handbuilding with paperclay, Wanganui Potters Association


Noted exhibitions/ gallery placings

2017         Raglan Gallery, Australia -solo ceramics exhibition- curator Jan Karras

2016         The Vault, Auckland

2015         Heritage Gallery, Cambridge - exhibition entitled 'Porcelain Magic'

2014         Dynamic Ceramic exhibition, Cambridge, NZ, awarded best exhibit

2014         Alfred Memelink Artspace, Petone, Wellington

2013         NZAFA, Wellington

2012         Raglan gallery, Sydney, Australia

2012         Cecilia Colman gallery, London, UK

2011         Waiclay national ceramics awards, Hamilton – finalist

2011         Elements, Wellington – selector Fionna Tunnicliff - awarded excellence

2011         Earth Matters, Waiheke Art Gallery, Waiheke Island

2010         Portage national ceramic awards, Auckland - finalist

2010         Reconnected, Expressions arts centre, Wellington – solo exhibition

2008         Portage national ceramic awards, Auckland - finalist

2008         OBJECTive art awards, Manukau - finalist

2006         Portage national ceramic awards, Auckland – finalist

2002         Selected ceramics, Royal V & A Museum, Exeter, UK - solo exhibition

1998         New Designers Ceramics, Islington exhibition centre, London, England

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