I am a potter and author based in East London. My novel The Doll Factory is out now, and has been translated into 29 languages. It is set in 1850s London, and it is about a young woman who aspires to be an artist, and the man whose obsession may destroy her world forever. It is a story of painting, collecting, love, obsession and possession. It is a Sunday Times bestseller, a Radio 2 Book Club pick, and a Radio 4 Book at Bedtime. It has also been optioned for a TV series. To hear more about how I came to write the book, I was interviewed in the Sunday Times.
As well as writing, I make my ceramics in a small studio at the bottom of my garden, where I have a wheel and kiln. 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. I use high-fire stoneware so everything is durable and dish-washer proof - everything you see I use in my own home. My ceramics have featured on Mary Berry’s Britain’s Best Home Cook on BBC1, have been acquired by The Museum of London for their permanent collection, and the Evening Standard recently named me as one of '5 British ceramicists you should know about.'
I love attending markets and talks, and I’ll add any upcoming events when they are confirmed.
Thanks so much for your interest in my ceramics and writing - it means so much to me.
PS - photograph above taken by Sandra Seaton