Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire
Sculpture, Ceramics, Applied Arts
Landscape, Site-specific, Identity, Narratives, Environment
The physical and cultural landscape and environment I find myself in is hugely important to my current work and development. Opportunities to travel, research and make work internationally have been important to me recently but opportunities to work locally are also perfectly situated for the development of my practice and the themes present in my work.
Relocating to Aberdeen from Glasgow last May and moving into Deemouth Artist Studios Torry last November was an attempt to root my practice closer to home. Based in Aberdeen i am often referred to as a ‘Nomadic Ceramicist’ exhibiting my work nationally and internationally as well as working with a range of artists, institutions and on various public projects.
Initially motivated by an investigation of my own family heritage and material culture my recent work engages with concepts of craft, material and place. Making narrative work that considers traditional and contemporary practice as well our collective connections to heritage and tradition largely through ceramic slip casting and atmospheric firing.
Thematically my recent work has been shaped by northern landscapes, exploring themes of identity and place often through local eating and drinking cultures, focusing on these narratives and rituals associated with living within northern places, and how these actions preserve intimate and strong connections towards ‘north’ as itself, a place.
Since March 2020 I’ve been trying to view ‘limitations’ in my working environment as refreshing focusing on the liberating aspects of being forced to get out of this comfort zone as a maker and in a similar way to my experience in Iceland embrace more ‘limited’ local materials (such as granite), tools and familiar ways of working. As well as attempting to achieve results typically found in atmospheric firing (specifically salt or soda firing) in an oxidation (electric kiln) and/or reduction (gas kiln) atmosphere, researching and developing a new body of press moulded work and slip cast work alongside this glaze and firing research.
The use atmospheric firing is a continuation of technology and tradition from ancient history into contemporary practice,the characteristic earthen tones, ash deposits, burnt sienna flashings, natural glaze surfaces, and spontaneous effects, are something I embrace in my firing as well as my making processes. I continue to build on and develop the use of atmospheric firing in my own work as well as the use of natural materials. Developing my understanding and maximizing the nuances of atmospheric firing and its relationship to form and surface.
Initially undertaking Three Dimensional Design at Grays School of Art Morris went on to graduate with BA (Hons) in Ceramic Design in 2010 from The Glasgow School of Art.
The physical and cultural landscape and environment he finds himself in is hugely important to his current work and development .Based in Aberdeen i am often referred to as a ‘Nomadic Ceramicist’ exhibiting my work nationally and internationally as well as working with a range of artists, institutions and on various public projects. Initially motivated by an investigation of my own family heritage and material culture my recent work engages with concepts of craft, material and place. Making narrative work that considers traditional and contemporary practice as well our collective connections to heritage and tradition, through ceramic slip casting and atmospheric firing. Integral to my practice is participation and engagement, valuing opportunities to continue to learn and work alongside others.
Recent solo exhibitions include Out of the Woods, Look Again Project Space (Digital),Aberdeen, 2020 Heritage is the Context for All that Happens, Grays School of Art,2018, 2018 Meet Me in The Woods,Assynt Ceramics Gallery, Monarch of the Glen Ultimate Biscuit Tin, House for An Art Lover, Glasgow 2017 as well as A Northern Soul at the Lighthouse, Glasgow 2015.
He has exhibited in as well as curated exhibitions including Hunting for the Lost Crafts, Inverness Museum 2013 Coffee till Dusk, Whisky till Dawn, The Banff Centre Alberta 2016, Cheers and Dish at Medalta Historic Clay District, Alberta 2016/2017 as well as at ,’The Suttie Arts Space, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary ,Antenna Yagi’s Fracture Radio 2017 , Glasgow Sculpture Studios ‘Sculpture Showroom ‘Glasgow International, 2018,Väre,School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Aalto, Finland for ‘Wood Fired’and as part of Sim Residency Exhibition and Reykjavik Salt Jarðar / Salt of the earth, 2020
He was selected for the Glasgow Life Visual Arts and Crafts Mentoring award in 2014 and 2017,Open Project Funding in 2018,receiving funding from the Eaton Trust, Crafts Council ,Creative Scotland, A-N and Aberdeen City Council in 2020.His work featured as part of the Tallinn Applied Art Triennial The Art of Collecting in Estonia 2013 as well as part of the Expatriate Archives 10th Anniversary Project The Hague, Netherlands in 2018.He has undertaken residencies with Djim Bergner, Eindhoven 2011, The Scottish Sculpture Workshop 2012,with Ice Cream Architecture as part of Make Your Way and as part of the Naked Craft Network exhibition touring Canada over 2015/2016 and Scotland over 2016/2017 as well as the Kiln Raising residency at The Banff Centre during 2016 and as part of a yearlong residency working with Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival Caring Conversations, 2018.Most recently he has completed a residency at Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, Denmark as part of the Wood Fire YAIR in 2018 and Sim in Iceland at the start of 2020.