I am a Senior Lecturer in the Sheffield Institute of Arts where I teach on the BA(Hons) Jewellery & Metalwork course. I am also the Collaborative Course Leader for our final year BA Top-up course delivered at the Hong Kong Design Institute, where students follow the same programme of study as our final year BA in Sheffield.
I am passionate about teaching and design education, I strongly believe in the power of art, design and craft based courses in promoting positive change. It is a privilege and a pleasure to be involved in helping students define and respond to design challenges, building their resilience, creative confidence and ability to communicate their ideas and enthusiasm.
I have always loved making things, the most enjoyable part of my teaching is being able to share this enthusiasm with our students.
I have a broad range of experience, ranging from hand made one-off pieces to batch production using industrial processes.
After graduating my career began with the Brian Asquith Design Partnership, where I was a silversmith involved in producing luxury tableware, medals and awards, ecclesiastical commissions and museum quality reproductions of Christopher Dresser pieces for the Italian company Alessi.
I then started my own practice designing and batch producing high quality pocket knives in Sheffield, making use of laser cutting technology in combination with traditional intensive hand work processes.
I have also worked in engineering, joining Advanced Engineering Techniques LTD in 2000. Here I was involved with CAD, laser cutting & steel fabrication for a wide variety of clients ranging from rail transport to public artwork.
I joined Sheffield Hallam in 2004 and have contributed to all 3 years of the BA Jewellery & Metalwork.
Specialist areas of interest
Exploring the Value of play in promoting creativity and critical thinking