I graduated from Belfast College of Art (Three-Dimensional Design specialising in Furniture Design) in 1981.
Whilst the course of study was very focused on design principles it was also very much a hands-on experience with an emphasis on workshop practice and materials appreciation. This course laid the foundations for where I find myself today, as a designer, as a maker, as an educator and as a nominee for the Board of DCCI.
My working career began at KDW, initially, as a furniture designer working with indigenous furniture manufactures and associated craft makers and, later, in design for retail, merchandising and product design of household items for the KDW retail outlets in Kilkenny, Dublin and London. It was here that I further developed my understanding of the craft product and commercial realities of designing, making and retailing crafted and designed products.
For many years I worked as a Design consultant for UNDP, World Bank and EU programmes in developing countries (Far East, Africa, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe) assisting furniture and craft producers develop products for export. Work from these projects were exhibited at Milan Furniture Show; Messe Frankfurt, Maison et Objet Paris and High Point Furniture Fair North Carolina.
I have over thirty years working experience in Higher Education, primarily at IADT, lecturing in Graphic Design, Modelmaking/Digital Effects and Production Design and I have actively integrated 3D modelling, CNC and 3D printing into course delivery and my personal work. I also completed a Masters in Digital Developments in Education at Limerick University in 2006.
In 2009 I completed a ceramics residency in Vallauris, France and since then I have embraced ceramics and discovered the freedom of working with clay and the utter joy of producing figurative pieces. I have also enjoyed exploring jewellery and textiles and I have combined these disciplines with my ceramic work.
In 2019 I was elected Chairman of FORM Designmade in Carlow.