Ode to a Cat

Ode to a Cat

I have always had an interest in the relationship between identity and place, in particular, the role which culture plays in molding who we become.

Growing up in South Africa and Britain, yet receiving a British education in both places (1970’s-1980’s), had the peculiar effect of planting a different landscape in my head – of green hills and daffodils – to the one which I physically inhabited – of red earth and droughts. This experience has provided a rich reservoir of images and memories to draw on, and ceramics, which is rooted in cultural practice and identity, has allowed me to explore this dual consciousness. As a ceramicist and fine artist, my work concerns myth-making: by drawing on the past yet bearing witness to the present, I tell stories both to pose and answer specific questions. My background in literature (MA in English) drawing and painting (BA in Fine Art), continues to inform my ceramic output.


MA Ceramics, with Distinction, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, Wales.
BA Hons Ceramic Design (2.1), Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork, Ireland.
BA Fine Art (2.1) Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork, Ireland.
MA English, with Distinction, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.
BA Hons English, Philosophy, Rhodes University.
BA with Distinction, Rhodes University.

Awards and achievements

2015 Gallery Zozimus Award for Visual Impact, at Ceramics Ireland Selected Members Exhibition, Pearse Museum, Rathfarnham, Dublin, October- November, 2015.
2013 MA Ceramics with Distinction at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, Wales
2012-2013 Top mark for MA Ceramics mini-thesis and seminar paper at Cardiff Met. University
2012 Irish Ceramic Award, ICCA, hosted by Mill Cove Gallery, Castletownbere, Co. Cork, Ireland.
2012 Top Thesis award, BA (Hons) Ceramics, Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork (CCAD)
2011 Top Thesis Award, BA Fine Art, CCAD.


  • Ceramics Ireland Selected Members Exhibition, Pearse Museum, Rathfarnham, Dublin, October-November 2015
  • Fundraising auction for Anna’s Orphanage, Henchy’s Public House, St Luke’s. Cork, September 2015
  • Ceramics Ireland Members’ Exhibition, Cowshed Gallery, Farmleigh, Phoenix Park, Dublin. June 2015
  • ‘Lifting the Belljar’, group exhibition at Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow, August 2015
  • Plane Invasion, Limerick School of Art and Design, Limerick, April – May 2015
  • Members’ Exhibition, Lavitt Gallery, Father Matthew Quay, Cork, March 2015.
  • Irish Ceramics, Mill Cove Gallery, Co. Cork, July 2014.
  • ‘All Fired Up’, Zozimus Gallery, Dublin, July- September 2014
  • Members Exhibition, Ceramics Ireland, Rathfarnam, Dublin, October – November 2013
  • Fresh, British Ceramic Biennial 2013, Spode factory, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom. September – November 2013
  • Drawing between the Lines, Seminar at Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales. June 2013
  • Irish Ceramics Awards 2013, Mill Cove Gallery, Co. Cork, Ireland, June 2013
  • Irish Ceramics, Barony Centre, West Kilbride, Scotland, 21 September to 21 November.
  • Irish Ceramic Awards 2012, Mill Cove Gallery, Co. Cork, Ireland. June 2012
  • transFORM, Farmleigh Gallery Dublin May 2011, Millenium Court Arts Centre, Portadown, August 2011, Limerick School of Art and Design, September 2011.
  • Work displayed as part of ongoing exhibition at Lavitt Gallery, Cork September 2010 – April 2011
  • Fledglings, Lavitt Gallery, Cork, September 2011
  • FineEARTH, Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork, July 2011
  • Fledglings Exhibition, Lavitt Gallery, Cork, September 2010.
  • Bodega Exhibition, Cornmarket Square, Cork, Ireland, August- November, 2010.
  • Bounce, Graduate Exhibition, Tax Office, Sullivan’s Quay, Cork Ireland June 2010.
  • Member’s Exhibition, Lavitt Gallery, Cork, Ireland, February, 2009
  • Christmas Exhibition, Lavitt Gallery, Cork, Ireland, January 2008


Pending- ‘Afro-autobiography’ an article which examines autobiography and narratives evident in a number of ceramic artists of South Africa, due for publication in the book edited by Nina Shand which investigates contemporary ceramics in South Africa.

‘Upcycling Stereotypes: Telling Stories of Africa’, this article looks at Ardmore Ceramic Studio in KZN, South Africa, and was published in Issue 16 of the online, peer-reviewed journal, ‘Interpreting Ceramics’, 2015.

‘Drawn to Marrakesh’, an article on ceramics and drawing inspired by a residency in Morocco, Ceramics Ireland, Issue 35, pp.40-42, 2015

‘Fresh from the Horse’s mouth: a participant’s perspective of the British Ceramic Biennial, 2013’, Ceramics Ireland, Issue 32, pp. 28-31, 2013.

Private collectors

Peter Ting, Maker Trustee to the Board of Trustees of the UK Crafts Council, ceramist and designer for Asprey, London, and former designer for Royal Crown Derby and Thomas Good.
Jimmy Deenihan, Minister of Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht.
Cormac Boydell, one of Ireland’s leading ceramists based in Allihies, West Cork.
James Green (PHD Pending, RCA graduate), Fine Art lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, Wales.
John Goode, curator and co-owner of Mill Cove Gallery, Castletownbere, Co, Cork, Ireland.
Etain Hickey, one of Ireland’s foremost ceramists based in Clonakilty, West Cork.
Jim Turner, a ceramist based in Clonakilty, West Cork, who is also renowned for his ceramics.
Dr. Vera Ryan, senior Art History lecturer at Crawford College of Art and Design (CCAD), Cork, Ireland.
Dr. Julian Campbell, former (now retired), senior Art History lecturer at CCAD.
Sarah Foster, Ceramic History Lecturer at CCAD.
Michael Murphy, Fine Art tutor at CCAD.
Hugh Lorigan, Ceramic tutor (past) at CCAD.



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