Published design articles and Interviews

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I interviewed international design critic Alice Rawsthorn about the success of countries with national design policies; our design culture and the growing opportunities for sustainability to be integrated into contemporary design businesses.

For the full article please head over to my column in The Skinny.

Pictured: Mella Shaw’s ‘Harvest’ photographed by Sophie Mutevelian

Pictured: Mella Shaw’s ‘Harvest’ photographed by Sophie Mutevelian

Cast, Thrown and Moulded

In the second part of my survey of Scottish ceramics for The Skinny magazine, I introduced the work of five more ceramicists whose practice contributes to this remarkably fertile scene.

To read the full article which features Andrea Walsh, Jono Smart, Scott Crawford, Sian Patterson, and Mella Shaw click the button below.



The discourse on craft is one of the most researched and contested in contemporary design. It’s also one of the reasons I founded Local Heroes.

In this article for The Skinny, I wrote about how, 100 years after the Arts & Crafts movement saved or destroyed craft (depending on who you ask) we still collectively can’t reconcile or accurately define what or who is ‘doing’ craft. It’s a politically and ideologically loaded term. This article stimulated some really interesting discussions and is the first in a series on modern craft.

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Contemporary Clay

Continuing the Local Heroes X The Skinny tour of Scottish design, my article in April’s issue is the first of two forays in 2018 into Scotland’s contemporary ceramics sector.

The ceramics scene in Scotland is an eclectic and highly diversified field, both in character and use of materials.

Read the full article here which includes the work of Skye’s Patricia Shone; Edinburgh’s Natalie J Wood and Fiona Byrne Sutton; and Dundee’s Steph Liddle.

The Local Heroes instagram feed features regular #ScottishDesign posts across every sector.