"For me, every project has in some way been a stepping-stone from the last; I can trace these steps very clearly back to Manchester Met"
Picture credit: Jake Curtis Photography
While studying at MMU I was awarded a placement working with A. R. Wentworth, a pewter manufacturer based in Sheffield. This experience was crucial to my understanding of the realities and opportunities in design outside of education. Before graduating from MMU, I designed a pewter product for the company, which later helped me gain a place on the MA course in Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art. This piece (titled Slush Cast Bowl) was later given to each World Leader at the London G20 summit in 2009.
I’ve since completed the MA at the Royal College of Art and now specialise in industrial ceramics and work from my studio in Hackney, London. Here I work on industrial projects, studio editions and installations. I am also currently undertaking a PhD back at MMU.
I am usually proudest of the most recent project, which is currently my upcoming installation for the Jerwood Makers Award 2015. My PhD research has been of particular influence to this project. For me, every project has in some way been a stepping-stone from the last; I can trace these steps very clearly back to MMU.
Try to find working processes that feed your enthusiasm and passion for your work.
Then Senior Lecturer - Tim Parsons’ teaching was crucial to my understanding of design and the theoretical approaches that now inform my work. At the same time, Senior Lecturer CJ O’Neill’s business acumen helped me formulate strategies that have proven invaluable to my projects.
I was given my first industrial project by Tim and have very fond memories of crossing the Pennines through Snake Pass from Manchester to Sheffield in his Renault Twingo to visit A. R. Wentworth - the pewter manufacturer that we both ended up working with.