About Cj

A little bit about me

I am a researcher/maker/educator based in Manchester as well as a Senior Lecturer at Manchester School of Art teaching on BA(Hons)Three Dimensional Design.  Central to my practice is my current PhD research at MIRIAD.  Re*presenting: artistic interventions exploring everyday ceramics explores issues around authorship, value and collaboration through the use of everyday ceramic objects in combination with narrative through both hand and industrial processes.  My interest is in how these objects can connect people, enabling them to construct their own narrative. 

I have undertaken numerous commissions for ceramic lighting and tableware for private individuals and corporate clients as well as exhibiting internationally.  Within education, I enjoy working across disciplines, at a range of levels and have a particular interest in professional practice, giving talks on creative business development, as well as contributing to start-up schemes such as Making It, Northern Ireland; Project Network, ICRC, Denmark and Hothouse, Crafts Council, UK.


Born               1978, Belfast


2010-2017    PhD candidate, Re*presenting: Artistic interventions exploring everyday ceramics, MIRIAD, MMU

1996-2000    BA(Hons) Three Dimensional Design, MMU

Key Projects

2015-current            (Y)our stories, ongoing

2011-2015                  The Plate Experiment

2010                           The Pol Project, part of Ahmedabad International Arts Festival, India, collaborative project with Dr Amanda Ravetz

2010                           The Walls Are Talking, Project with Accrington Academy and the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK

2009                           Grafitti*d Project commissioned by British Ceramics Biennial, Stoke On Trent

2008                           Wesley Meets Art Project with Wesley charity including Auction, Special Collections Gallery, Manchester

2008                          Kirkens Project with Kirkens Korshaer and Guldagergaard, Skælskør, Denmark

2004                          Solas, Large scale installation, Andor Technology, Belfast

2001                          Solas, Large scale installation, Manchester Art Gallery restaurant and café, Manchester


2016               Craft Research Group research funding, Manchester School of Art

2010               Scholarship for PhD by Practice, MIRIAD, MMU

2008              Award III, Visiting resident artist, International Ceramics Research Centre, Denmark

2006              ELLE Deco Design Awards: Lighting, shortlisted

2003              Business Initiative Award, Roses Design Awards

2001-3           Next Move residency, MMU/Crafts Council of England


2016              (Y)our stories solo exhibition, Apple House Gallery, Guldagergaard, Denmark

2016              (Y)our stories events Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester, UK; Chorlton Library, Manchester, UK

2015              (Y)our stories workshop Manchester School of Art, UK

2013              Pairings III Conversations & Collaborations, CAA, London, UK

2013              Seamless, Museum of Art & Design, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2012              Pairings II Conversations & Collaborations, Museum in the Park, Stroud, UK

2011              Transformations & Metamorphosis, Galerie Handwerk, Munich, Germany

2011               The Plate Experiment, at Fresh Research British Ceramics Biennial, Stoke On Trent, UK

2011               Chai Patterns part of the Asia Triennial Manchester, MCDC, UK

2011               The Plate Experiment, part of State of Play exposition, Cube Gallery, Manchester, UK

2010              The Pol Project, part of Ahmedabad International Arts Festival, India

2010              Pairings, MMU Special Collections, Manchester; Otter Gallery, Chichester, UK

2010              Embracing Technology Crafts Council of Ireland Galleries, Kilkenny, Ireland

2009              Transformations, Flow Gallery, London, UK

2009              Christmas Bounty, Harley Gallery, Notts, UK

2009              Non-Object-Ive Lodsk Festival, Poland

2009              Sterling Irish, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland

2009              Object Factory: The Art of Industrial Ceramics, MAD, NYC

2009              Fragiles Kuwait Art Foundation, Dubai

2009              Tabletop Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

2008              Object Factory Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada

2007              Design Camp House of MG, Ahmedabad, India

2007              Go Digital Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art, China

2007              HauteGREEN NY Design Festival, NYC

Publications and Papers

2016               Matching Process to Design article, Ceramics Monthly February issue

2013               Collaborative Value Paper at SAAG conference, Manchester School of Art

2012               Expanded Craft, Dispersed Creativity: A South Asian Residency co-authored chapter with Dr Amanda Ravetz, Collaboration Through Craft published by Berg

2012               The Plate Experiment article in Crafts Magazine Issue 257

2011               The Plate Experiment: from the girls perspective paper at Listening Symposium, Manchester

2011               Collaboration and Value co-authored paper with Amanda Ravetz at Pairings Conference, Manchester


2013-current           Senior Lecturer, BA(Hons) Three Dimensional Design, Manchester School of Art

2012-2016               External Examiner BA(Hons) Contemporary Applied Arts, Belfast School of Art

2010-2013               Senior Lecturer, MA Design and Craft, Manchester School of Art

2006-2010              Programme Leader, GDip Creative Business Development, Manchester School of Art

2005-current          Visiting lecturer/professional practice adviser/mentor: Central St Martins; Hothouse; Making It; Next Move; ACE Setting Up Scheme

2003-2006              Business Development Tutor, BDes(Hons) Three Dimensional Design, Manchester School of Art

Clients include:

Conran UK and France; Craft NI; Crafts Council of England; Fenwicks of London; Four Seasons Hotel group, Mauritius; Luisance, Morocca; Manchester Art Gallery; Manoush, Paris; O’Brien Interiors, London; North West Craft Network, UK; Queensland Art Gallery, Australia; Sushico Pera, Istanbul, Turkey; Svenskt Tenn, Sweden; The Regent, London.