My ceramics career began in the UK at North Devon College where I obtained a National Diploma in 3D Ceramic Design in 1992. During this time I was heavily exposed to the noble pottery traditions of North Devon which played a major inspirational role in my work.
Soon after moving to Ireland in 1995 I worked for a number of years with Stoneware Potter Michael Kennedy where I gained much valuable experience in clay decoration, production throwing, glazing, salt firing, and workshop management.
This led me to setting up a pottery studio in 2003 in County Galway when I returned to using red earthenware clay and began producing a range of tableware in vibrant Earthenware glazes. This I combined with teaching pottery skills to adults, children, and people with learning disabilities.
My teaching and social support work sparked interest in community development and mental health issues, in particular with the role Art plays in enabling people to explore and enhance their creativity as well as increase their self esteem. I became especially interested in the therapeutic qualities which clay can bring to creative expression. I then took time to return to study and in 2010 obtained a Masters Degree (First class honours) in Art Therapy from Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork.
I am a member of Ceramics Ireland, the Crafts Council of Ireland and the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists (IACAT).