I specialise in wheel thrown pottery that although functional in nature is designed to offer the user an aesthetic experience through the colours and textures of the pieces. I live and work on the shores of Lough Neagh in Co Antrim and draw inspiration for my pottery from the unique natural environment around me. I strive to reflect the changing colours and tones of Lough Neagh in the glazes I use.
I have lived for most of my adult life on the shores of Lough Neagh.
Though I spent all of my professional career in teaching, several years ago a Foundation Course in Art and Design in the South Eastern Regional College, Lisburn provided me with an opportunity to further my life-long interest in ceramic art. ‘Making’ quickly became my passion and I retired from teaching in 2013 to follow my dream of becoming a potter.
I enrolled in the Ceramics Department in Belfast Metropolitan College and was fortunate to begin my journey in ceramics under the guidance and instruction of master-potter Rory Shearer. Since then I have been essentially self taught working each day in my studio.
My studio is a converted byre at my home near Aldergrove Co Antrim. Here you can see my pottery being made by hand, thrown on the wheel and fired in my electric kilns. I concentrate on creating functional stoneware – bowls, cups, pitchers, mugs, plates – that reflect, within the glazes I use, the colours and textures of the natural environment of my Lough Neagh surroundings.
I currently have work for sale in Midtown Makers, Ballymena and Stonerow Artisans in Coleraine. I sell my work online via my website www.chpottery.co.uk and via commission. I participate regularly in Craft Fairs in Ballycastle as a member of Naturally North Coast and Glens Artisans.
30 Largy Road Crumlin BT29 4RN
You are welcome to come to my studio to see me at work.
To arrange please contact me via email, firstname.lastname@example.org
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