My interest in making pots started when I was living in Japan in the 1970s. I loved Japanese food and the way that the colours and textures of pots were chosen to complement the food and the season. I explored many of the pottery-making areas of Japan and wrote The Japanese Pottery Handbook (Kodansha 1979).
After training at Dartington Pottery, I set up my own workshop in Devon, moving to my present workshop in Moretonhampstead in 1994.
I have always loved the warmth of red earthenware clay and the decorative possibilities of working with coloured slips. I enjoy cooking and making pots which enhance the pleasures of cooking and eating. I also make planters and tiles.
I undertake commissions to design tiles for kitchens and bathrooms. Other commissions include commemorative pieces, often working in collaboration with a calligrapher.