I was born in london in 1952. I first started making ceramics at Limerick School of Art (lsad) in 1972. My interest and commitment has lasted until this day. On graduating from LSAD I spent the next 12 years in Dublin teaching art and pottery in prison education. During this time I built my first workshop in the back garden.
The big move to becoming a professional ceramicist came when my wife Joan, two young sons and I left Dublin in 1993 to set up a pottery in Co. Waterford. I was inspired by my visits to Phil Rogers Pottery and student workshops in Rhayader, Wales. Teaching short courses and summer workshops alongside LEADING Irish, British and Japanese potters proved to be very popular and I gained invaluable experience in this stimulating atmosphere.
I launched my salt-glaze work in 1996 and periods of work as visiting tutor at LSAD and NCAD (National College of Art and Design) followed. I became a selected member of CPA (Craft Potters Association, UK) in 2006 and I was elected as a fellow of CPA in 2012.
Since 2006 I have been creatively engaged with wood-firing my work. I am passionate about this traditional method of firing which challenges the potter on many levels. We moved house to an adjacent site and in 2012 we built a new studio and kiln at this site. My latest kiln is an Anagama single chamber kiln connected to a sprung arch kiln. In effect two kilns that can be fired in unison or separately. This is also known as a Naborigama.