A translator by initial training, I was bitten by the ceramics bug 8 years ago and now specialise in wheel-thrown functional ware and gifts for the home and garden. My work reflects my love of animals and nature: the first Coronavirus lockdown during the spring of 2020 gave me the opportunity to spend a lot more time in my garden and home studio, and led me to design a selection of birbdbaths, sundials and wildlife feeders. During 2021, I have been working on ranges of dinner- and tableware, also inspired by nature and floral forms.
My pottery journey began at a local evening class in Northampton, but continued in the US, at Clay by the Bay, an open-access studio in the Chinatown/Nob Hill district of San Francisco. Upon returning to the UK, I founded Swanspool Ceramics, an open-access pottery studio offering pottery courses for all levels, one-off sessions and a gym-style membership scheme for experienced potters.
I work with stoneware clay bodies, and enjoy creating multi-part forms entailing an element of construction: my larger garden items epitomise this love, as do - on a smaller scale - teapots, one of my favourite forms to make. I’ll never knowingly be without a cup of tea in hand!
Swanspool Ceramics is located just outside Castle Ashby: with the Rural Shopping Yard in the centre of Castle Ashby on your right, continue through the village to the Falcon Castle Ashby Hotel. Turn right here, then immediately left into Parkhill Road and we are about half a mile along on the left-hand side in Parkhill Yard.