Specialising in ceramics, Chris graduated from The Glasgow School of Art where he developed an interest in European sculptors like Rodin as well as African craftsmanship.
The contrast of African heritage and European upbringing lead to Chris’s warm, contemporary style, combining African forms and culture with modern techniques.
In 1985, Chris moved to Zimbabwe where he was influenced by methods of colloquial stone sculpture; meeting local artists and attending workshops, he learned processes of carving serpentines and verdites and translated these new forms and techniques to his ceramic work.
Returning to London and exhibiting sculptures, Chris set up his own studio in 1988 where he continues to run workshops in traditional ceramic craftsmanship and develop work alongside his daughter, Freya.
Born in London and brought up in Ipswich, Hastings and Glasgow, it was during college where Chris discovered his connection with clay as a medium for his art.
Imagery: with thanks to Alun Callender, Layton Thompson (Ceramic review)
MA Design and Media Arts, University of Westminster
BA Hons. Art and Design (Ceramics), Glasgow School of Art
Exhibition Design Diploma, Hastings College
Posk Gallery, London
Cornerstones, 198 Gallery, London
Gallery 54, London
1985 - 2006
One-Man shows at: The Commonwealth Institue; Leicester City Art Gallery; Kings Lynn Arts Centre; Obala, Black Art Gallery, London; Dandelion gallery, Tunbridege Wells; Grange Museum, London; Torrance Gallery, Edinburgh; Blythswood Gallery, Glasgow.
TwoTemple Place, Body Clay Vessel London
RHS Chelsea Flower show
Artefact (Design Centre), London
Gallery 54, Mayfair
Open Studios (Kingsgate Workshops),
Art in Clay, Art in Action (Oxford)
Work in Public Collections
Glasgow Museum and Art Galleries
Grange Museum, London
National Gallery, Zimbabwe
Leicester City Museum