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Paul is an inspirational ceramic artist whose reputation has grown exponentially over the last few years, with a number of high-profile commissions both regionally and, more recently, nationally and internationally.


His bold, exuberantly organic flowers and vibrant glazes, combined with the raw presence of steel and wire, deliver arresting results.


Drawing on a myriad of inspirations and subconscious prompts from his life, experiences and his previous career as an architect abroad,

Paul’s work is informed by a detailed understanding for aesthetic form and holds a commanding visual authority.


Over the last three years Paul has been commissioned to create large-scale installations for the Duke of Devonshire’s Chatsworth House, Derby Royal Hospital, Althorp Estate, Blenheim Palace , the Conran Shop, and most recently the internationally acclaimed ‘Seas of Red’ installation at the Tower of London to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Great War.

Awards , Publications and Installations




January 2010 – Arts Council England, Grants for the Art 


January 2009 – Enterprise, Inc
New business start up support £2,500 bursary and mentoring support


May 2009 – University of Derby Spotlight Degree Show
Prize £700 and a macbook laptop


Ceramic Review – Ceramics at art School
Craftsman Craft & Design magazine September/October pg. 36
GMTV Morning Feature
Derby Evening Telegraph


2009- 2010
Lakeside Books


Home and Gardens – architecture and culture
Country Life
Ceramics Review
Derbyshire Life
Derbyshire Times
Derby Evening Telegraph
The Sheffield Star
The Telegraph January


Derbyshire Times October 2011
The Guardian, September 2011
Derby Telegraph
East Midlands Today – “One Year to Go” Olympic Launch
BBC Radio Derby  – Arlene Naylor Mach and August
Arts Council England Press Release, August 2011


Jan 2011 -Sept 2012

Unlimited Commission Cultural Olympiad 2012

The project was part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements. It was also been selected to be part of the London 2012 Festival, a spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration from 21 June and running until 9 September 2012 bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK
English Country Garden Commission
6 installations, 11,500 blooms in 6 locations around the UK


11 May – 01 Sept 2012
The Secret Gardens of Sandwich
Knightrider Street, Sandwich, CT13 9EW


25 April – 27 May 2012
Chiswick House and Gardens
Chiswick, London, W4 2QN


01 July – 31 Aug 2012
Castle Howard
Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA


04 Jun – 26 Aug 2012
Houses of Parliament
Cromwell Green, London, SW1A 0AA


01 Jun – 17 Sep 2012
Blenheim Palace
Woodstock, Oxford, OX20 1PP


01 Jul – 31 Aug 2012
Althorp Estate
Althorp, Northampton, NN7 4HQ


31 Aug – 09 Sep 2012
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX


Nottingham Castle Open, January 2010


Derby Royal Hospital Installation, April – Sept 2010
A series of hand thrown sgrafitto bowls on poles created for the hospitals courtyard area


Chatsworth House Installation, April to May 2010
Ceramic Tulips created as part of the annual Florabundance event


The Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracey, June 2010


New Designers, One Year On, June 2010


Hardwick Hall Exhibition, August 2011
A preview exhibition working for the first time showing a display of 600
hand built roses.


Tregoning Contemporary Exhibition, July to August 2011
Mixed exhibition at the Tregoning Contemporary Summer Show


Origin Contemporary Craft Fair Commission, September 2011
Spitalfield Market Installation of 200 ceramic bowls

The final poppy blooms...

Lest we forget.

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