Well what can I say, I love what I do and I think that’s the most important thing. I have worked in arts and crafts in some way for the last 20 years.
Since graduating my degree in Design Crafts I’ve worked as a professional artist, exhibiting, curating, and working to commission. To share my passion for art and clay I have also taught regular classes in ceramic art and painting and drawing, as well as drop-in craft workshops and lantern-making. I’ve also organised community arts projects from planning and funding to delivering workshops to people with little access to art. I’m a firm believer that everyone who would like to participate should have access to art and crafts whatever their age or ability.
As an artist I have been creating contemporary ceramic sculpture for over 20 years calling on inspiration from a wide variety of sources. I enjoy the challenge of creating finely balanced pieces and delight when my work has impact involving the viewer. Each piece is individually hand-built, most often in stoneware clay.
Along with this I have worked in local authority as Arts Development Officer and Development Officer, Lead for Arts and Culture. Both of these roles aimed to develop infrastructure in support of the arts, to help them flourish and grow.
As well as my art skills I am also experienced in a wide variety of management and strategic skills including strategy development, budgeting and fundraising (writing grant applications and compiling sponsorship packages).
Some of my skills include:
- teaching – adults and children across all abilities in formal and informal settings
- event planning – small scale party planning to larger scale community event planning
- team building workshops – tailored to the team’s needs
- community development – working with councils to build communities through events and activities
- project management – arts and business projects
- networking and partnership development – connecting people