biography

About me
From 1986 to 1996 I owned a restaurant in Brighton and sold it when I became hooked on ceramics at an evening class. So that I could study the subject further. I spent five years at college, studying photography and plastics as well as ceramics. When I graduated in 2001, I took out a lease on workshop premises in Hove, and sublet spaces to other artists/craftspeople. Since then I have exhibited and sold my work at art fairs and galleries throughout the British Isles. In 2004 I won an award for Best Newcomer at BCTF, and have written features for their magazine “The Craftsman’. I took a post grad in teaching and learning in HE, and have worked part-time as a tutor at Northbrook College, Brighton University and HMP Ford.

About my work
My inspiration comes from flowers and plants that we see all around us, in gardens, fields even cracks in the pavement. I particularly love the secret worlds inside these flowers, in the patterns and textures hidden away that give a continuing sense of promise and renewal.
Until 2005 my work had been mainly in the domestic & functional arena, but then I decided to work on larger, often one off, sculptural pieces. So far, I have concentrated on the forms of seed pods and fruiting bodies which ties in with my earlier work, but which looks completely different.
I like to play with scale and will often imagine the size that a plant must appear to an insect...what is it about the flower that attracts or repels?  Often I will scale my sculpture up so that we can have an 'insects eye view' of it.

Technical Details
I work in stoneware, throwing the basic shape of the sculpture, then I alter and model onto it. This gives me a certain speed and control which is the way I prefer to work. My pieces are high fired so that they can go into an interior or exterior environment.
My glazes are chosen to compliment the form and are often slightly chrystalline or irradescent, this makes the pieces glow.
All work shown here can be commisioned, larger pieces can also be undertaken.

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  1. nicki lincoln avatar
    nicki lincoln Oct 20, 2010

    I was looking for images of the insides of flowers to share on facebook with friends. I work in the nursery trade, (although we are opening Swanky Trash consignment next week!)and I’ve always been fascinated with the beautiful and overlooked insides of plants flowers, seeds etc. Thank you for creating these spectacular works of art.  You’re amazing…...and your work is too!Nicki

  2. frances doherty avatar
    frances doherty Feb 7, 2011

    Thank you. FD

  3. Sarah avatar
    Sarah Jun 11, 2011

    Your work is beautiful! I really admire it. Thank you

  4. frances doherty avatar
    frances doherty Jun 12, 2011

    Thanks for that. Fx

  5. cynthia rogers avatar
    cynthia rogers Jul 22, 2011

    I found your work on artist forum website, and just loved it! I’m an assemblage artist in LA, with a ceramics heart. Really lovely, thank you!!!

  6. frances doherty avatar
    frances doherty Jul 25, 2011

    Thank you so much for your lovely comment. Fx

  7. Andry avatar
    Andry Sep 7, 2011

    I am a student and currently working on plants and have found your work to be a great inspiration as I was going to change my mind till I saw your work. Stunning!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. frances doherty avatar
    frances doherty Sep 10, 2011

    Thank you Andry, plants of all sorts are a great inspiration, you just have to find your own way of interpreting and expressing what you see. Good luck! Frances

  9. Arianna avatar
    Arianna Apr 15, 2012

    Wow!I find your work fascinating!
    I’ve lately been studying on your amazing sculptures. They are a real inspiration! Your amazing and so is your work. :) Arianna

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    gill May 14, 2012

    Hi Frances,
    Do you ever do demonstrations for art Clubs of your delightful work?

    Gill