I am a potter and author based in East London. My debut novel The Doll Factory will be published in the UK by Picador in Spring/Summer 2019, and by Simon and Schuster in the US, and will be translated into 27 languages. It won the Caledonia Novel Award 2018. It is set in 1850s London, and is about painting, collecting, love, obsession and possession. I crammed it full of all of the things which interest me: there are wombats and destroyed paintings, a doll-making shop presided over by a laudanum addict, a Pre-Raphaelite artist’s studio lined with peacock feathers, a curiosity shop stuffed with the strangest of creatures, and the greatest exhibition London had ever seen. I really hope that you enjoy it.
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, and you can find me and my pottery at the following markets:
Crafty Fox Market, Saturday 1st December 11-5pm, Mercato Metropolitano, Elephant and Castle
Independent Ceramics, Sunday 9th December 11-6pm, Rich Mix Arts Centre, Shoreditch
Crafty Fox Market, Saturday 15th December 11-5pm, The Department Store, Brixton
Independent Ceramics Market, Saturday 2nd February, 11-6pm, Bussey Building, Peckham
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