I was born and raised in England. My parents ran a ladies' clothing store. My father had been trained as a Savile Row tailor and was also an accomplished cabinet maker and a capable upholsterer.
I studied history at Oxford University and then, after a spell in financial jobs in London, came to the US to pursue a doctorate in American History at Columbia.
But, I guess, craft was in my genes and not to be denied. I took a pottery course at Riverside Church across the road from Columbia and haven't stopped since!
I aim for a simple and straightforward style which combines elegance with strength and movement with rest.
The pots are made of stoneware clay, occasionally porcelain, and fired in an electric kiln.
Most are meant for everyday use: they can go in the oven, microwave, and dishwasher. My friends tell me my prices are reasonable. So they should be. Pots for everyday use should be affordable, pleasing and joyful, but not, overly precious.
I grew up in a family that loved to eat and my favorite food is French Bistro. So, when I am making pots, I tend to have that in mind.