Swapping stories and laughter, while passing around loaded platters, overflowing with favourite recipes.
Fresh coffee in a tactile mug, sipped in a quiet corner of the garden, to catch the early morning sun.
Or a simple bowl of soup that rests perfectly in your hand.
Barton Croft pottery is made with care, for life.
The story of Barton Croft begins with a ball of clay. Flying off the pottery wheel.
A look of despair at the grey mark it left on the wall before it slid sadly to the floor.
I had no idea what I was doing, didn’t even know you needed to add water to form something. But even before I’d made my first pot, I was in love with the idea of it. I was fascinated by the process of taking mud and shaping it into something useful, and beautiful. The tactile nature of sitting at the wheel, losing myself in the focus of forming a cup, plate or dish. The art of taking something fragile, that once fired becomes strong and durable.
As my skills grew, my hands were always covered in clay as I worked to refine and balance every design. I started testing my creations in my home, endlessly tweaking and adjusting shapes. My designs evolved into understated and timeless pottery to be used, enjoyed and shared every day.