I was born in Norwich in 1961, moving to Woodbastwick, at the heart of the Norfolk Broads in 1985.
After a lifelong love of clay I was able to study ceramics through Anglia Ruskin University at Lowestoft College from 1994 – 1999. I obtained an O.N.D, a H.N.D and a First class honours B.A. in Ceramic Design.
I was selected by The Craft Potters Association as one of the most promising graduates of ‘99. This resulted in “Setting Out” a group exhibition at the C P A Gallery in London in 2000, and a place at “Earth and Fire” at Rufford. This was a great honour and I was proud that the start of my professional career had such validation from an internationally respected gallery and organisation.
Immediately after leaving college I set up my workshop, “Cossey’s Yard” next to Salhouse Broad. The building was originally used as a Thatcher’s yard from the early 1900’s until 1996 and I am happy to be able to continue the tradition of craftsmanship, although in a different medium.
As a result of a Creative Arts East bursary in 2004 I have developed a beautiful glaze made from recycled Norfolk thatching reed.
The workshop is open most days and also by appointment and I have two Open Studios yearly, on the occasion of the Norfolk Open Studios in May and one in November.
My work is based on observations of the land surrounding me, the effects of man on the landscape and natural form.
Some pots are thrown on the wheel, some hand built; most are fired in an electric kiln at 1260 degrees, although some are wood-fired.
I have made three study trips to Japan in recent years and have now exhibited there several times. In 2009 I was selected as the U.K. participant for the IWCAT six-week residency in the historic ceramic town of Tokoname in Japan. I returned to Tokoname this year (2010) by invitation from Gallery CoCoLo and have been invited back again next year for another exhibition.
I exhibit across the U.K and have worked to public commissions.I have worked in schools and within the wider community. My work is held in private collections in Europe and the Far East.