Tuition and Biography
I was born in Lancashire in 1939 and studied first as a painter at the School of Fine Art, Reading University followed by a post-graduate year at Pembroke College, Cambridge. My plan was to try to become an art historian.
However, a chance meeting with the late Bernard Forrester at Dartington in 1963 introduced me to making pots, and the following year I opened my first workshop, the Merchants Pottery, in Hotwells, Bristol. Since the end of 1966, I have been at my present workshop in West Somerset.
I’ve been a fellow of the craft potters association, and still a member of the Devon Guild, an external examiner at several British art colleges and a visiting lecturer at McGill and Harvard universities in Canada and the USA respectively.
My textbook for students ‘Pottery’ (Pelham books) is now out of print, but copies can still be found on abebooks.com
And I have got a few pots in museums where they linger imprisoned behind glass. But there are thousand in kitchens and homes being used daily. Which is better!
Over the years my work has been sold in many of Britain’s leading craft outlets including the Bristol Guild (Bristol), Peter Dingley (Stratford), Craftwork (London), David Mellor (London, Manchester, and Sheffield), Cider Press Centre (Dartington) the Riverside Mill (Bovey Tracey).
I’m a Fellow of the Craft Potters Association of Great Britain, the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and have been an external examiner at several British art colleges and a visiting lecturer at Harvard and McGill Universities in the USA and Canada respectively.
I have written a textbook on pottery making methods, glazes, kiln design and firing.