I am a potter and author based in East London. My debut novel The Doll Factory will be published in the UK by Picador on 2nd May 2019, and by Simon and Schuster in the US on 3rd September 2019, and will be translated into 28 languages. It is set in 1850s London, and it’s 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. It won the Caledonia Novel Award 2018 and film and TV rights have sold to Buccaneer Media.
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