Studio 123

Unit 7D/E

Second Floor Studios and Arts

Harrington Way

London SE18 5NR



+44(0)7957 227 027



PhD research

“Stories from the workshop. Discourses and narratives of crafts practitioners”.

Kings College, London 2008 – ongoing

Supervisors: Dr. Alexandra Georgakopoulou, Professor of Discourse Analysis and Sociolinguistics and

Professor Celia Roberts, Professor of applied linguistics.

1985 – 1988                  BA hons. Furniture and Product Design, Ravensbourne College of Art and Design.

1984 – 1985                    Art Foundation Course Diploma, Ravensbourne College of Art and Design.

Research Interests

Sociolinguistics; the narratives and local discourses of contemporary craft practice. Theories of communication in collaborative practice.

Studio practice and artefact; the rhetorical object and furniture typologies. Cross-disciplinary collaborative art-making and its implications of authorship. Social interaction through talk and making in contemporary craft practice.

Selected exhibitions

2012                The Tool at Hand. Milwaukee Art Museum. Wisconsin, USA. (Reviewed: Journal of Modern Craft vol 5 issue 3 pp351-4.) Touring 2013-14, Philadelphia, Houston, and Portland.

2012                 Tankerekker. Telemark Kunsterersenter, Norway.

2012                Stroud International Textiles. Site-specific installation with Alice Kettle and Jane Webb at The Museum in the Park.

2011                  Loop. Intelligent Trouble at Contemporary Applied Arts, London.

2011                  Collect at the Saatchi Gallery, London, with New Brewery Arts.

2011                   HOST, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco. Curation and participation, an installation of collaborative making.

2010                     Smiths Row Gallery, Bury St Edmunds. Intelligent Trouble, Under The Counter, Jewellery in Conversation

2010                    Manchester Metropolitan University. Pairings- A Conversation, and touring

Catalogued ISBN 10-1905476531.

2010                      Siobhan Davies Studios, London. Starting Points

2010                      Jerwood Contemporary Makers, Jerwood Space, London, and touring to March 2011

Naughton Gallery Belfast, Innovative Crafts Edinburgh and National Gallery of Craft, Kilkenny, Eire

2010                      Contemporary Applied Arts, London, Intelligent Trouble; A Curious Exchange.

2009-2011            Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery then touring, Taking Time; Craft and the Slow Revolution Catalogued ISBN 978-0-9526832-9-2

2009                      Munich, In Transit

2008                      Contemporary Applied Arts, London, Focus  

2007                      Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Collect

2006                      Somerset House, London, Origin, Wesley Barrell Craft Award for Established Makers

2004                      HUB centre for craft, design and making, Sleaford, Cut and Paste

2003                      Flow Gallery, London, Helen Carnac and David Gates

2002                      Applied Arts Agency, London, Still

2001                      St Pancras Chambers, Grand Midland Hotel, London

2000                      Sotheby’s Contemporary Crafts, London, collaboration with Hikaru Noguchi

1999                      The Orangery, Holland Park. London, Innerspace

Selected refereed conference papers and book chapters

“Stories from the Workshop: Communicative Practices amongst craft practitioners.” Making Futures, Plymouth College of Art. 26th-27th September 2013.

In preparation for publication.

“History in the Making; the use of talk in inter-disciplinary contemporary craft collaborative practice.” Oral History Society conference, Victoria & Albert Museum, 2nd-3rd July 2010.

Published in Oral History in the Visual Arts, 2013, Berg, edited by Linda Sandino and Matthew Partington.

“Sweepings; talk in inter-disciplinary collaborative craft practice” Pairings conference, Manchester Metropolitan University. May 2011.

“Triangulation Theory.” A paper written collaboratively with Alice Kettle and Dr Jane Webb. Pairings conference, Manchester Metropolitan University. May 2011.  In preparation for publication, 2013, Berg.

“Lost For Words; Developments in a New Language.” New Craft Future Voices, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. July 4th-6th 2007. ISBN 1 899837 55 8   pp256-262.

Selected Public Commissions

2011-12 North Cotswolds community hospital.

2007 Paget School, Birmingham. Design and make furniture for an inter-disciplinary  reconfiguration of part of the school building collaborating with architectural, metal and colour specialists. A Creative Partnerships project with Craftspace.

2006 St. Botolphs church Aldgate, London. Design and production/installation of display system for ‘Heirlooms” exhibition, curated by Elizabeth Callinicos for the Association of Contemporary Jewellery.

2005 Bilston Craft Gallery, Wolverhampton. Design and making of nine pieces of furniture for the Craftsense permanent collection including a reading table and benches for a newly created public area. This was a collaboration with artist Helen Carnac.

2003-2004 St. Giles church, Farnborough, Kent. Grade II listed building largely dating from the middle-ages. Design and manufacture of extensive cabinetwork and fittings to two vestries including robe storage for the choir and creation of office area for the clergy.

2002 University of Westminster, School of the Built Environment.

Boardroom furniture: table, credenzas and chairs designed with John Miller and manufactured by myself.

Nationally/Internationally Recognised Awards

2011, Winner, Wesley Barrell Craft Award for Established Makers.

2010, Winner, Jerwood Award for Contemporary Making.

2006, Wesley Barrell Craft Award for Established Makers, highly commended runner-up.

1988 New Designers. Winner: lighting design award.

1988 Awarded Royal Society of Arts and Department of Trade and Industry Bursary

Works published in

“Star Pieces, The Enduring Beauty of Spectacular Furniture”, Chislett, H. Linley, D & Cator, C. Thames & Hudson 2009. ISBN 9780500514825.

“500 Cabinets” Hemachandra, R. Lark Books, 2010. ISBN-10: 1600595758


2010 Invited contributor, Craft Rally, a Crafts Council event curated by Helen Carnac and Artquest at Chelsea College of Art.

2009 Invited panel member, debate as part of curatorial development of Taking Time; Craft and the Slow Revolution, Royal Festival Hall, London

2009 Invited contributions to Resonance FM’s Clear Spot and Free University of the Airwaves programmes.

2007 Crafts Council, Next Move scheme mentor

2006 – 2009 panel member, Crafts Council’s Development Award, furniture specialist.

Invited papers and presentations

“Value”, Association of Contemporary Jewellery conference 2006, Carry the Can, London Metropolitan University.

“Intelligent Trouble”, Craft Rally, Chelsea College of Art, 2010.

Panel discussant at Jerwood Contemporary Makers, Naughton Gallery Queens University Belfast and Innovative Craft, Edinburgh. 2010

David Gates, Alice Kettle and Dr Jane Webb, Pairings symposium Manchester Metropolitan University 2010.

“Leading Through Making”, presentation

Recent peer review and critical writing

‘The Journal of Modern Craft’, vol 5 issue 3 Oct 2012 pp351-354 . Exhibition review; The Tool at Hand, Milwaukee Art Museum. Jennifer Geigel Mikulay.

‘The Journal of Craft Research’, vol 2, April 2011, pp161-. Exhibition review; 60/40 Starting Points Series 2010, Siobhan Davies Studios.

‘The Journal of Modern Craft’, vol3 no.3 Nov. 2010 pp373-5. Exhibition review, Taking Time; Craft and the Slow Revolution.

‘Studio; Craft and Design in Canada’, Fall/Winter 2010, pp38-42, ‘Making Time’

‘Perspectives’, Sept. 2010, pp60-62 ‘Playing With Time’

 Lecturing and Teaching

Sept 2002- 2011, London Metropolitan University, Senior Lecturer 0.5 fractional, 3D Design and Craft. Course organiser 2002-04. Module leader and supervisor across modules in studio design, workshop practice and contextual and theoretical studies.

Teaching posts have been held at Camberwell, Ravensbourne, CSM. UEL.

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