A series of three pieces created for the Craft Council’s Collect show, 2017 that continue my exploration of ways of immersing the viewer in a moment. Each piece represents a different natural landscape; hedgerow, forest and meadow, the scenes are inspired by my observations and experiences whilst on a residency at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in September 2016.
I have worked in collaboration with woodworker Geoffrey Hagger to create the boxes that encase the porcelain scenes. Each piece is lit to give it its own atmosphere, suggesting late evening, early morning and dappled sun coming through the trees.
Hedgerow was purchased by the Victoria & Albert Museum for their permanent collection in February 2017.
Meadow and Forest are still available. Contact for details.
Porcelain, Oak, Brass, Plastic, Light.
"Enclosed spaces shelter daydreaming..." Bachelard, The Poetics of Space.
A meadow enclosed in a box. Peer through the peephole to be transported into this world. A sublime, fantasised view of nature.
Fumed Oak 'Meadow Enclosure' made by Geoffrey Hagger.
Victorian Legacy Glass Domes
Victorian Legacy: Japanese Knotweed, 2017 Porcelain, glass, fumed oak
Victorian Legacy: Himalayan Balsam, 2017 Porcelain, glass, fumed oak
The Victorians imported many exotic plants for decorative purposes, a number of these have now become considered weeds and are often invasive or problematic. I am interested in the classification of plants as weeds depending on cultural or locational factors. The glass dome, a Victorian method of display, is used here to consider these relationships of classification. Under the domes, otherwise idyllic British hedgerows are interrupted by these Victorian-imported invaders.
Victorian Legacy: Himalayan Balsam is available, contact email@example.com for enquiries.
The Wilds of 5 Lely Court, 2016 Stop-frame animation, 1:18
In the Meadow, 2016 Stop-frame animation, 2:25
Concrete, Porcelain, dimensions variable.
Weeds may act as metaphors in a number of ways; they highlight how we categorise things as desirable or undesirable depending on social and cultural factors and also as a representation of the resilience of nature, despite us pushing it to the margins of our created environments.
This site specific installation adds a new life to an otherwise dead space under the stairs.
Turfs | Meadows
Turfs, 2016/2017 | Meadows, 2016
Porcelain, various dimensions.
Some of the pieces shown here as well as commissions available. Please get in touch.
Concrete, Porcelain, Dimensions variable.
While Away, 2016
Digital Film Projection, Oak, Cotton and Brass Chair, Wood and Paper Screen, Dimensions variable.
The viewer is invited to sit down, lean back and take a moment out of the busyness of everyday life. The looped film and soundtrack, recorded locally in Hyde Park, hope to recreate the archetypal feeling of lying back in the grass and whiling away hours without noticing time passing.
Chair designed and made in collaboration with Geoffrey Hagger.
Sketches / Studies / Diagrams, 2016
Watercolour, India Ink on Paper
Dinner at Spragg's
Dinner at Spragg's, 2015
Digital Film featuring constructed ceramic objects put to use for the first time, 3:11
The Travelling Salesman
The Travelling Salesman's Plate, 2014
Slip-cast Earthenware with back-painted vitreous slips and enamel decoration, 80 x 25 x 6 cm.