Olivia graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1999 with a first class honours degree in Contemporary Craft specialising in ceramic sculpture and printed textiles. Olivia set up in business straight away and held her first solo exhibition and site specific installation at the City Galleries Leicester entitled 'Elvis the Whippet’s Salon'.
Since then Olivia has held many shows up and down the country which have included her work being exhibited at the Craft Council Gallery and the Medici Gallery in London. In 2010 she was commissioned by Stockport Art Gallery to come up with an installation which saw the creation of 'Reggie’s Roller Palace' - a vintage take on the modern culture of celebrity seen through the eyes of an ageing rat.
'The unique characters present in the animal kingdom always have and continues to provide endless fascination for me and with this a rich and unlimited source of inspiration. It was whilst at university and living on a farm that I first started incorporating canines into my work ... I became fascinated with their (often absurd) individual personalities and since then I have become intent on capturing this.'
Olivia's sculptures are completely hand-made with clay (no moulds used), slowly fired and then a series of washes are painted onto them.