From when I was a child I had the dream to be an artist craftsperson. In 2006 I graduated from an intensive two year traning programme with Gus Mabelson on the Pottery Skills and Design course run by him for the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland. Since then I have made my living as a potter.
I love working with ceramics. It fascinates me how malleable clay can be used to form almost anything and the ceramic process then renders it durable for millenia. Glazing and firing techniques add other dimensions and scope for diversity. The possibilities are endless.
At the moment the technique I use is known as 'majolica' or 'tin-glazed earthenware'. It has a long tradition of use in middle eastern and southern European ceramics.
Once the piece is formed in clay it is covered in white glaze which becomes the background for decoration. I paint the decoration using brushes, and use found or handmade tools for sgraffito and masking techniques. My pigments are mostly made from natural minerals such as iron and copper, and I also use some commercially made stains.
My partner Mark Campden and I work together at our studio about 10km from Kilkenny city in the countryside. It is a very quiet rural location where we are surrounded by the wildlife and nature we both find inspiring.
You can come and visit us here at the pottery. In winter, January to March we are open by appointment, just phone 056 772 9156. The rest of the year, April to December we are open Mon-Sat from 10 til 6.