About me

Demonstrating at Heal's, London, 2016
I developed an interest in ceramics while I was at Keele University, near the North Staffordshire Potteries, though the seeds had been sown earlier. When I was nine I was fascinated by an article in my father's encyclopedia "Pottery: For Use and Ornament". The historical survey went over my head, but the technical explanation interested me. This interest was further stimulated by a 6-minute film of The Potter's Wheel that the BBC put on (which I now realize showed a rather bad potter).

After university I trained at the Rodmell Pottery with Judith Partridge. I wanted to make stoneware in the Leach tradition, but Judith introduced me to her style of calligraphic painting on the powdery, unfired surface of tin-glazed pottery (pictured). I was lucky: Judith paid me, whereas apprentices in some potteries worked for nothing. But family commitments forced me into a less precarious and less creative occupations and I developed a sideline in public administration, ending up as head of economic development for Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.

I returned to pottery as soon as I could, taking a BA in Ceramics at Harrow, University of Westminster. I set up my studio in St Albans and exhibit throughout the UK. You can see more of my work and where it's on show on my website.

I'm one of the few ceramists in Britain using the technique of tin glaze, whose opaque, white surface lends itself to my style of free brush decoration. Tin glaze reached its height in the Hispano-Moresque wares of medieval Spain, the maiolica of Renaissance Italy and 17th century Delft, but it was displaced by Josiah Wedgwood’s discovery of a practical white-firing clay. Craft potters revived it in the 20th century. My style is modern but I get inspiration from the ceramics I've seen in museums around the world.

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I serve on the Council of the Society of Designer Craftsmen. I was winner of the St Albans Museums Trust Prize in 2013 for ceramics shown at UH Galleries.
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