Plymouth University College of Art and Design 1998 HND 3D Design in Glass and Ceramics
Farnham University College of Art and Design 2000 BA 3 D Design in Glass
In 1995 I started to study ceramics and glass at Plymouth University College of Art and Design, and glass at Farnham University College of Art and Design. I have been a practicing artist for 20 years mainly making colourful lamps, bowls, and abstract sculptures out of glass.
While at Plymouth Art College I invented a new technique for fusing glass. (See www.davidjdawkins.art)
I started to write poetry in the 1980's and won a poetry competition which suprised me because I am dyslexic. I find writing an enjoyable challenge and it probably because I am dyslexic
In 2010 I wrote my first children's book called "Puss The Wuss Looses His Meow" Which has not been published YET. Nine years later I started writing the children's books about the Six Macs. During lock-down I wrote the third fourth and fifth.
In a few of my books one of the characters called Flyer MacHigher writes a poem about her experiences. It's a sneaky way of getting my poems published.
Three years ago I totally changed direction by making colourful ceramic sculptures. I like colour;
Each one of my sculptures has two sides to them like a two-page book, and each one has a true story behind them. Some of my ideas come from various people I have known over the years. The sculptures are mainly ceramic, I also use gold and silver leaf, liquid gold and silver, resin, paper, and jewellery. My ceramics sculptures have been described as philosophical quirky Pop Art some humorous, but some more serious.