An earlier edition of this work when the pieces were all a similar size and I had not added the bright red blood cell pawns. I developed this work by making certain of the pieces larger to emphasise their significance and potential danger, for example the KING HIV& AID’s is now significantly taller and the Queen TB is also a much larger and dramatic figure. At the same time I added screen print slogans and statements about viruses – see below – to emphasise the impact that viruses have on the lives of those suffering with them.
The chilly blue feet belie the affection with which they were made. One foot holds firmly onto the surface and the other moves up in anticipation of what is ahead. In the version shown below the anticipatory feet have the advantage of being plugged in to a source of power.
And this is one of my own feet glazed in cheerful yellow to suggest a sunny outlook, with a contrasting blue thought bubble to suggest ideas bubbling up.
Pandora in her golden glasses holds the key to unlocking her boxes. Do the glasses mean that she is blinded to what is inside or to protect her from it? The sharp corners of the boxes are in contrast with the African inspired Pandora figure. The glasses are decorated in gold lustre.
Her partner, Finishing Line, a tired figure on her 1970’s Space Hopper has finished her happy journey.
The influence of 1960’s design is clear in my ceramic sculptures based on microscopic images of plants and viruses, curious people and animals. I have exhibited this thought provoking and humorous work throughout the UK. In 2014 I was selected as ceramic artist in residence at Liverpool Hope University after graduating with an MA in Ceramic Art & Design from the University of Central Lancashire. My thesis on pubic art is displayed in both the National Gallery and the National Library of Australia. I am a Director of a community arts centre and gallery in Skelmersdale and am an Advocate for FACT Liverpool.
2012 MA Merit in Ceramic Art & Design, UCLAN
2014/2015 AA2A Ceramics residency at Liverpool Hope University
2013 Place offered /PhD Ceramics MMU
2008 Design Crafts BTEC Level 3 Distinction
2005 Adult Literacy Learner Support Level 2
1980 BA Hons English Literature Cardiff University
I am an experienced project manager, with excellent communications, team building and change management skills. I also have expertise in business planning and financial management, including the development of business cases, budgeting and financial forecasting.