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, as well as several other territories yet to be announced. 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 read English Literature at Oxford University, before working in the City for several years. I gave it up to be a potter, and to study on the Creative Writing MA at UEA, where I was awarded the Malcolm Bradbury Scholarship.
My writing and pottery are a great complement to each other, especially as one is physical and the other is mental. I am a one-woman business, and I've deliberately resisted growing beyond this: I love 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 also love attending markets and talks - all writing and ceramics events will be listed below - do come and say hi!
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:
- Crafty Fox Market, Mercato Metropolitano (Elephant and Castle), 11-5pm on MAY 5th
- Independent Ceramics Market, Bussey Building (Peckham), 11-6pm on JUNE 3rd
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).
Do you offer commissions?
I do my best to offer commissions, but it very much depends on how busy I am! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss then.
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 potteries, 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, porcelain fragments in bone-white and with a pale blue underglaze were discovered.
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 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 (email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be delighted to replace or refund it (and I will cover the delivery costs), depending on your preference.