'I studied Graphic Art in Coventry but my career as an Artist didn’t really begin until I moved to Hornsea in East Yorkshire where I worked for many years as a successful Painter. After the collapse of the famous Hornsea Pottery I increasingly felt that it was important that pottery should still be made in the town so I embarked on a Ceramics course in Hull and three years later launched Nutmeg Pottery.
Since then I have produced many different types of ceramics but my current focus is my ‘Ernestine Collection’. It is named after Lady Ernestine Strickland-Constable who once owned Wassand Hall and Hornsea Mere. She was passionate about nature and put many things in place to protect the mere and the Wassand Estate. The ‘Ernestine’ pieces are inspired by her and classic ceramic shapes. They are all hand-built with earthenware clay and painted with pastel coloured slips before being hand-painted with botanical illustrations and finished with 24 carat gold highlights. My aim is to produce beautifully imperfect pieces with individual character that embrace their handmade qualities.'