About me

Photo ©Layton Thompson

I design and make contemporary tableware inspired by Mid-Century Modern in monochrome and decorated ranges. I also write about European applied arts from 1850 to the present, with an emphasis on ceramics, and work as an independent curator.

At school I studied A-level art, specialising in art history, and read history at Keele university, near the North Staffordshire Potteries, where I spent my spare time in the art room learning to make pottery on the wheel. I trained at the Rodmell Pottery with Judith Partridge and set up a studio in Camborne, but financial pressures forced a long break, during which I worked in public administration. Then I took a BA in Ceramics at Harrow (University of Westminster) and returned to ceramics. My studio is in St Albans and exhibit my pottery throughout the UK.

I enjoy the challenge of designing tableware that works, looks good in the modern home and still has the individuality of things made by hand in small batches. I am interested in the place where art and manufacture meet and I subscribe to the ideal of Charles and Ray Eames of getting the best to the greatest number of people for the least.

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Many influences combine in my work, including old maiolica, 1950s textiles, British studio ceramics and the best of Stoke-on-Trent tableware.

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I am a trustee of the Society of Designer Craftsmen. I was winner of the St Albans Museums Trust Prize in 2013 for ceramics shown at UH Galleries and received the Judge’s Award for my entry in the London Potters’ 2017 exhibition at Morley College.

3 thoughts on “About me

  1. Nice work. I just found your blog searching for Ogata Kenzan. I am a potter in Texas. butlerpottery.com
    With your permission I would like to put a link to your page on my blog.


  2. Enjoyed reading about you and your work and influences Marshall. Found your blog via Herts Visual Arts Twitter feed and looking forward to seeing your work at the open studios. Best wishes Angela


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