I became a potter by chance. I was engaged in postgraduate studies in Theology at Bristol when I paid a fortuitous visit to Aldermaston Pottery. Later that year I became apprenticed to Alan Caiger Smith.He and Edgar Campden taught me to throw, to glaze and to decorate pots in the tin glaze earthenware tradition. This was a revelation for me as I had never touched clay before. It was a wonderful place to learn and four years later, in 1987, I set up my own studio near Newbury where I continued to make maiolica pots. I was a member of the Oxfordshire Craft Guild and the Guild of Craftsmen of Hampshire and Berkshire and exhibited widely – in Newbury, Henley, Richmond, Farnham, Oxford and Cambridge.
In 1994 I moved, with my husband, to America where we stayed for six years on a farm near the Delaware River. Here I met lots of other potters and we built a wood fired salt kiln in one of the fields. This was another revelation. I loved using stoneware and firing it with wood and salt was very exciting after years of working with a strictly controlled and largely predictable electric kiln. Ever since we built that kiln I have been learning more about making pots – about form, and glaze, and firing. In 1995 I became a founder member of the Covered Bridge Artisans who had studio tours and exhibitions twice a year... and still do. I exhibited in Stockton, Lambertville, Princeton and Philadelphia.
In 2001 we came back to England and I established a studio in Ewelme, an historic Oxfordshire village well known for its fifteenth century church and school and its connection with Geoffrey Chaucer.
I am still a member of the Oxfordshire Craft Guild and of West Ox Arts and every year the Pottery is open for Oxford Artweeks.
Sign up to our mailing list for exclusive offers, pop up locations and new artists!