I am a potter and author based in East London. My first novel The Doll Factory will be published in the UK by Picador in Spring/Summer 2019 as their lead debut, and by Simon and Schuster in the US, and will be translated into over twenty-five languages. It won the Caledonia Novel Award 2018.
I make my ceramics in a small studio at the bottom of my garden, where I have a wheel and kiln. The Evening Standard recently named me as one of '5 British ceramicists you should know about.'
I am a one-woman ceramics business, and I've deliberately resisted growing beyond this: I enjoy the flexibility of being small-scale, and being able to put so much time and effort into each piece. It is also perfect in allowing me space and time to write. I love attending markets and talks - upcoming events are:
- 3rd June Independent Ceramics Market at Bussey Building, Peckham
- 9th June Crafty Fox at Kindred Studios, Queen's Park
- 1st July LimeFest at Ropemakers Fields, Limehouse
- 23rd September Independent Ceramics Market at Hackney Arts Centre, Dalston
All of my ceramics are hand-thrown and fired. I love clean, modern forms - and while I aim for my work to look aesthetically pleasing, functionality is more important to me. I love the idea of my ceramics serving a practical purpose and becoming a part of someone’s daily life and routine. I use high-fire stoneware so everything is durable and dish-washer proof - everything you see I use in my own home.
Thanks so much for your interest in my ceramics and writing - it means so much to me.
PS - photograph above taken by Sandra Seaton
Why is everything listed as 'sold out'?
I have recently moved to running monthly shop updates, in line with lots of other wonderful potters out there. I will run shop updates on the first Thursday of every month from 4pm - do check back then! If there is something you want urgently, do get in touch as I may be able to fulfil it.
I'd love to see you at one of my markets if you are based in London. Upcoming markets are listed in my 'about.'
In addition to this, I have a limited range of ceramics stocked at The Wallace Collection Shop (Manchester Square), and at Botanique Workshop (Stoke Newington, Exmouth Market and Brixton).
What happened to 'Limehouse Ceramics'?
My pottery business used to be called ‘Limehouse Ceramics’. When I found out that my novel was going to be published, I decided it would be easier to run my pottery and writing under a single name, rather than running two websites, two Instagrams etc.
Do you offer commissions?
I do my best to offer commissions, but it very much depends on how busy I am! Minimum order is £60 and stamping costs £5 per item. Examples of past commissions include:
- A dinner set consisting of 6 dinner plates, 6 side plates, 6 dessert bowls and 6 pasta bowls
- A set of three planters in specific sizes and glazes
- A set of 200 bud vases to be given as wedding favours, with each guest's name stamped in the base
Turnaround time can be up to 12 weeks, but please let me know if you need the item sooner as it is sometimes possible to fast-track orders in as little as 2-3 weeks.
To order, email me at email@example.com and we can discuss then.
Do you offer returns?
While I hope that you will be very happy with your ceramics, I do offer returns for online purchases if you are not entirely satisfied with your order. Please notify me within 10 working days (firstname.lastname@example.org) and return the item within 15 working days. I will process the refund (with postage costs deducted) as soon as the order is received in the same condition in which it was sent. Please note that the parcel is your responsibility until I receive it, so please request proof of delivery from your post office and make sure it is securely packaged. Unfortunately I cannot cover return postage costs.
If an item is received in broken or damaged condition, please send me a photograph within 5 days of receipt to email@example.com and I will be delighted to replace or refund it (and I will cover the delivery costs), depending on your preference.