About

I am a ceramicist based in Limehouse, East London. I work from the small studio at the bottom of my garden, where I have a wheel and small kiln. All of my ceramics are hand-thrown and fired.

I read English Literature at Oxford University, before working in the City for several years. I am also a writer (as yet unpublished, aside from short stories). I am currently a student on the Creative Writing MA at UEA, where I have been awarded the Malcolm Bradbury scholarship.

I am particularly inspired by Scandinavian / Japanese ceramics, and their clean, modern forms. I also enjoy experimenting with the effects of various clays, for example speckled clay, and the different effects, patterns and textures which can be made by using slip and wax resist. 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 completely durable and dish-washer proof - everything you see I use in my own home.

In addition to selling ceramics via my online shop, I often have stalls at London fairs (see 'stockists' for details of dates). 

Thanks so much for your interest in my ceramics - it means so much to me.

Elizabeth

PS - photograph above taken by Sandra Seaton

Why 'Limehouse Ceramics'?

Not only do I live in Limehouse, but Limehouse derived its name from the lime kilns in the area. Several centuries ago, it was filled with clay dust, potteries and kilns, all manufacturing ceramics for the shipping companies and ships in the East End docks.

It was also a site of real ceramic innovation. 108-116 Narrow Street, a building on the lip of the Thames, was a small factory which pioneered the use of English porcelain in 1745-1748. Given that the methods and ingredients for soft-paste porcelain were only discovered in 1742, it will have been one of the very first porcelain workshops in London. At site excavations, they found porcelain fragments in bone-white and with a pale blue underglaze.

I love to think that I live and work so close to where clay and pottery were manufactured through history - and I can be a very small part of the continuing pottery trade in the area.

Do you sell via retailers?

Please do get in touch if you are a retailer.

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 (info@limehouseceramics.com) 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 info@limehouseceramics.com and I will replace or refund it (and I will cover the delivery costs), depending on your preference.

There is something which I love on your Instagram but isn't in your shop.

Do get in touch - the chances are I have it in stock but just haven't listed it in my online shop! And if not, I will happily make up another one especially.