Curriculum Leader - Higher Education
Course Leader Artist Blacksmithing
Course Leader MA Contemporary Crafts
I am passionate about the contribution crafts practice can make to transform our lives. I see it every day in my role as Curriculum Leader here at Hereford College of Arts where I continue to be touched, moved and inspired by what is possible though creativity, conversation and curiosity combined with a culture of making. I consider myself privileged to work alongside emerging contemporary makers who are constantly challenging the boundaries of crafts with grit and determination.
Graduating from the RCA in 1996 with a MA Ceramics, I’ve since worked in a range of UK colleges and universities in teaching, management, curriculum development, validation and as an external examiner. I now lead a team of lecturing staff at Hereford College of Arts, which has a long-standing reputation for delivering and evolving craft-based, and international renowned programmes. I am also the Course Leader for the MA in Contemporary Crafts
and BA (Hons) in Artist Blacksmithing
I am a Council member of the British Artist Blacksmith Association
and in this capacity have hosted seminars, curated exhibitions and am currently designing and curating Transition, a major international, contemporary, forged metal design touring exhibition to coincide with the Ypres 2016
I take enormous pleasure and pride in seeing our graduates exhibiting, gaining commissions and competing successfully at regional, national and international platforms; from the Great Northern Craft Fair in Manchester
, through to Made By Hand in Cardiff
and the Select Showcase in Stroud
, and a recent highlight for me was being at the Biennale d'Arte Fabbrile, Stia, Tuscany where graduate Sam Pearce won the World Forge Championships. I’m thrilled when I see tenacious, focussed, professional makers that have studied here making an impact and changing the face of contemporary crafts.