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I made the move from admirer to maker of pots whilst spending a year working in Edinburgh, by attending classes with Jane Kelly. On returning to Kent, I set up a small workshop at home and joined the Kent Potters Association. A major house move and renovation project meant that pottery has been on hold until recently, when I started making again. It sadly has to take second place to my work as a software engineer.

The chemistry that happens in the kiln is fascinating. I enjoy the interaction between slips applied to the pot before the first firing and glazes applied for a second firing. I love it when a slip goes on pale green, comes out of the kiln grey. Then I put a white glaze over the top, fire it again and it comes out pale pink.

I formulate all the slips and glazes myself. I generally fire to 1200°C, which saves a lot of energy compared with a higher stoneware firing, but is enough to allow the glazes to be lead free and makes them oven and dishwasher safe.

There is more information on my pottery and my other intests on my personal site at



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