I fell in love with clay while I was at Edinburgh College of Art studying for a degree in Jewellery design. It was the immediacy of clay, the smooth texture and its ability to move and react to your every touch that, in the end, resulted in my moving class and eventually finding a career as a potter.
After college, I continued my training under the supervision of Edmund de Waal. He taught me to throw on the potter's wheel and introduced me to porcelain. I'm still using the same clay today.
I now work from my busy Islington studio where I make, draw, design and sometimes teach. I love the local area and find it inspires much of my work here. There are all sorts of characters who crop up again and again on my pots, from swimmers at Ironmonger Row baths to market traders at Smithfield market.
I like to come up with new ideas for each of my shows, varying the themes around different places that have struck a chord in me. By grouping my pots together, I like to tell a story - creating whimsical scenes that capture the insignificant yet precious moments that make up our daily lives.
My bespoke ceramics, which are each individually thrown on the wheel and hand painted, are made for exhibitions and commissions. I often collaborate with private clients, luxury retailers, galleries and museums; for example recent commissions include designing and making a bespoke range of porcelain for Fortnum and Mason and The National Gallery.
I have also been keen to produce functional pots that can be handled and enjoyed on a regular basis, and it is for this reason that I created the DAILYWARE range. The pots are slip-cast from moulds of my hand thrown forms and decorated using a ceramic decals which have been lithographically printed in Stoke on Trent.