I graduated in Three Dimensional Design (Ceramics) from the West Surrey College of Art, Farnham (now the University College of the Arts), where the renowned potter Lucie Rie was a visiting lecturer. I still use one of her glazes that she generously gave me. I later taught there, including lecturing in the History of Ceramics. These were golden years that gave me a wide pool of resources to draw on, and - most of all - a deep passion for world ceramics. In my workshop now, new pots develop as I work - new forms, new glazes which touch on the ceramics of the past and find a new life in a new world.
In handmade ceramics, the alchemy of fire, the transformation from malleable clay to indestructable vessel is the essence of a pot. But the business of making and using pots is also very down to earth, as fundamental to humanity as the preparation of food, bread making and also growing your own food. As well as one off pieces, I produce a range of practical domestic ware, using the same glazes. My domestic ware is intended to enhance the pleasure of presenting and sharing food round the table. All of my stoneware pots are fired to 1260 degrees Centigrade and are microwave and dishwasher safe.
Apart from Warwickshire Open Studios, I exhibit at the Potters' Jolley in Blockley in October. I also undertake commissions, which I am very happy to discuss. I welcome visits by appointment from new customers, as well as old, to find pots as presents or when they are planning to replace their mass produced table wear with my beautiful, original, hand-made pieces!