A bit of a late starter, I first discovered ceramics at college whilst taking a break from work when my children were young. I loved it from the first pot thrown on the wheel, and now work full time at my studio producing a range of porcelain tableware to be enjoyed and used in the home every day.
Other things that I love are family, friends, dogs and ice cream – and I think that is probably the right order, though ice cream can creep up quite high on the list at times.
My studio is an enjoyable 5 minute walk from home, in a building that was originally two small workers cottages for the Jam Factory that was sited at the footpath. However, following a fire, the cottages were converted into a garage in the 70s, and then converted by myself into a wonderful light little studio in 2008.
Around the table
I was lucky enough to grow up in a family that loved spending time together around the table, talking, laughing and sharing meals with lots of friends, and so for me a shared meal using beautiful, artisan handmade tableware is a wonderful experience.
I aim to make tableware that will be used and enjoyed for years, rather than cheap fast fashion that is quickly discarded; and I hope that my ceramics will be used and enjoyed by others adding to their own special moments together.
Everything I make is thrown on the wheel in porcelain, which can be a challenging but extremely rewarding process, with each piece being made entirely by hand. To show you a little more about the process you can watch this short video made by our talented friend, Lee Hargreaves; which tells the story of this process, from a ball of clay to a finished piece.
Packaging, Materials & Supporting Small Businesses
These subjects are very close to mine and my family’s hearts, and are an extremely important consideration for customers. I am trying hard to minimise my impact on the world at home and at work. I also fervently believe in supporting other small businesses and UK independents to keep a varied and interesting marketplace for us all. Here are a few things I do…
I pack my ceramics in brown paper & cardboard boxes which can be recycled, with corn starch fillers that are dissolvable. I have newly discovered brown paper tape, and am now writing ‘FRAGILE’ on my parcels rather than using tape, until a suitable alternative can be found.
I currently still use a very small amount of traditional tape inside parcels, though this was bought from a UK independent designer, and I am researching a green alternative for when it runs out.
Materials & Supporting Small & Local Businesses
I purchase my materials and tools mainly from a small family business in the UK, with the remainder coming from two other independent UK businesses.
All failed pots and scraps are recycled to be thrown again on the wheel, and my kiln is always fired packed to full capacity - this can cause the occasional delay in production, but avoids wastage.
Any seconds that are not suitable for sale to shops and customers, are not simply thrown away, but gathered throughout the year and sold half price at a studio seconds event.
My photographs are taken by UK Photographers Yeshen Venema and Lee Hargreaves. My logo was designed by a young UK illustrator.