My current work explores and interprets languages of ornament from different cultures, places and periods in history. From my Edinburgh studio I create intricate and colourful ceramic objects that celebrate this fascination for ornament and pattern, using clay as a canvas on which to build richly drawn and layered surfaces of inlaid line, glaze colour and enamel decals.

Beyond the studio I develop projects and commissions that respond to people and places, using my interests as a platform from which to engage with new environments. This approach has lead to work in varied and sometimes unexpected settings, from an English Tudor banqueting room in Sheffield, to a country home on the Scottish Island of Raasay.


photography by Shannon Tofts



PG Dip. Ceramics Edinburgh College of Art, June 1999

1st Class BA Hons. Ceramics Edinburgh College of Art, June 1998

Foundation Diploma Dewsbury College, June 95



The National Museums of Scotland Edinburgh, UK 2003 & 2018

The Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, UK 2004 & 2018

The Victoria & Albert Museum London, UK 2006

McManus Galleries Dundee, UK 2005

The Shipley Art Gallery Gateshead, UK 2002

The International Museum of Ceramics Faenza, Italy 2001

The International Museum of Contemporary Ceramics Ichon Province, Korea 2001



Arts & Business Awards Commendation February 2016

Creative Scotland Artist Bursary, April 2014

Inches Carr Trust Craft Bursary, May 2012

Scottish Arts Council Creative Development Award, January 2009

Covepark Scottish Crafts Residency, May – September 2008

Scottish Arts Council Professional Development Award, September 2006 & March 2005

Royal Scottish Academy Benno Schotz Award promising young Scottish sculptor, May 2004

Scottish Arts Council,Award for Individual Development, August 2002

Scottish Arts Council Award for Professional Development, February 2001

Andrew Grant Scholarship for Postgraduate Study Edinburgh College of Art, September 1998