Life Story

1950 Born Spare Penny Cottage, England, UK.


1968–69 Camberwell School of Arts, Pre Diploma.
1969–72 Falmouth School of Art, BA Fine Art

Exhibitions (solo)

2017 Chelsea Arts Club, London
2010 Pavilion in the Park, London
2010 Cupboard under the Stairs, Cortona
2010 Galerie du Passage, Paris
2010 Sartoria Bassani, Salon di Mobili, Milan
2010 Galleria Blanchaert, Milan
2006 Chelsea Arts Club, London
2006 Brighton Art Fair
2006 Abbey House Gardens, Malmesbury, Wiltshire
2004 Mercatale di Cortona, Umbria, Italy
2002 Goathouse Gallery, Kingscote, Gloucestershire
2000 Stroud House Gallery, Stroud, Gloucestershire
1982 Dan Klein Gallery, London
1981 Prescote Gallery, Oxfordshire
1980 Thornbury Arts Festival
1979 Atelier Josche Roverts, Gouda, Holland
1978 Christopher Strangeways Gallery, London
1977 Oxford Gallery, Oxford
1972 Nicholas Treadwell Gallery, London

Private Collections

The late Ian Dury, Dan Aykroyd, Isaac Tigrett (founder, Hard Rock Cafe), Mariel Hemingway, Rachel Bilson, Ringo Starr, Christian Louboutin, Rolf Sachs, Prince Ernst of Hanover, Sally the late Duchess of Westminster, Jacques Grange, Mika, Sir Elton John.

Public Collections

Newport Museum, Gwent
Welsh Folk Museum, Cardiff


2015 Stroud Film Festival Award, best documentary.
2007 The Extension Trust
1996 Oppenheim–John Downes Trust
1980 Workshop Trainee Grant, Crafts Council
1974 Studio Equipment Grant, Crafts Council
1974 Maintenance Grant, Crafts Council

Public Art Work

2009 Roseberry Park Hospital, Tyneside. Commission for reception area
2008 Memory Box Project for East Sussex County Council
2008 Shortlisted for relief wall, Newfield and Talbot School, Sheffield
2008 Shortlisted for stairwell commission, Rhondha Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales

Public Commissions

2008 Memory Box Project, Peacehaven, East Sussex
2003–06 118 relief portraits of Blues Musicians, House of Blues
1990 Series of relief sculptures, SSB Institute of Higher Medicine, India
1989 Wall relief sculpture, Le Texan, Avignon, France
1983 Life size brass Buddha, Hard Rock Café, New York
1976 Life size replica of Megalosaurus, Stroud Museum

Exhibitions (group)

“Paint me a Drink” Exhibition, 20 Hoxton Square, London
O.C. Exhibition, Strand Gallery, London
Albisolla, International Ceramic Biennale
Artwave, Lewes
Society of Portrait Sculptors, London
Royal Society of British Sculptors, London
Art House, Emsworth
HQ Gallery, Albion St., Lewes
Beatrice Royal Gallery, Eastleigh
Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
Open Studios, Stroud District
Taster Exhibition, Stroud Valleys Art Space
Talks House, Salisbury
Fresh Air, Quenington
Tea Time, Newport Museum
Sculpture at the Park, Park Gallery, Cheltenham
Yew Tree Gallery, Derbyshire
Westminster Gallery, Boston, USA
33 Kings Street Gallery, Bristol
The Cow and the Sheep Show, Portal Gallery, London
Ceramics at Cirencester, Brewery Arts Centre
Art and Ceramics Gallery, Barnes, London
South Wales Potters, Newport Museum, Gwent


2001 Bourneside School, Cheltenham
1992–95 House of Blues, USA
1980 Thornbury Arts Festival
1977–82 Prema Arts Centre, Uley, Gloucestershire
1972 Nicholas Treadwell Studios, Stoke–on–Trent

Teaching Experience

2010 Casa Basani, Cortona
2008 Vipers Wharf, Lewes
2007 Brighton Fringe Festival, Brighton Library
2002–03 Horsley Hall, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire
2001–02 Sculpture from life, Prema Arts Centre
2000–01 Sculpture from life, Stroud College of Art
1999 Teaching teachers, Arvon Foundation
1998 Clay modelling, Acorn School, Nailsworth
1996 Clay modelling, School children, New Orleans, USA
1991–93 Clay modelling, School children, Los Angeles, USA
1983–88 Sculpture from life, Life drawing, Prema Arts Centre
1978–88 Arts, crafts and ceramics to children, adults, unemployed and mentally handicapped teenagers, Prema Arts Centre
1973–79 Visiting lecturer at Falmouth, Cardiff, Bath, Bristol, Newport, Cardiff, Stoke–on–Trent and Newcastle Art Colleges
1973 Visiting Lecturer at University of California Davis, Oakland, Hayward and San Francisco

Illustrated Books

The Craft Tradition by Lionel Lambourne
The Eccentric Teapot by Garth Clark
Novelty Teapots by Edward Bramah
Ceramics Manual by Graham Flight

Public Service

2000–03 Adviser to Musgrave Kinley Outsider Trust
1989–99 Steering group of Tandem Trust, a teachers and artists collective
1997 Consultant to Stroud Cultural Planning Initiative
1991–95 Weekly volunteer at homeless feeding project, Santa Monica, USA
1990 Cultural panel at Global Forum, Moscow
1989–99 Trustee of Rama Foundation, Zurich
1989–91 Trustee of Evelyn Williams Trust, London
1986 Founder of Gloucestershire Arts Promoters
1983–88 Combined Arts Panel, South West Arts
1982–84 Management Committee, South West Arts
1978–88 Founder and artistic director, Prema Arts Centre (see below)


Between 1978 and 1988 I stopped producing art while I set up and ran Prema Arts Centre, inspired by the teachings of Satya Sai Baba.

Prema was founded as a non-profit charity with the purpose of providing a centre of excellence for the production, presentation and teaching of the Arts.

Having raised the capital for the purchase and conversion of a beautiful Georgian village chapel, we presented a very exciting and diverse programme of fine and applied arts, experimental theatre, contemporary dance, poetry and literature, every form of music and a pioneering education programme. Mixing the established with the cutting edge (e.g. Prema was one of the first platforms for world music) and with a commitment to accessibility and affordability, Prema established a reputation as the leading rural arts centre in the UK.