Harriet Coleridge

I became a potter by chance. I was engaged in postgraduate studies in Theology at Bristol when I paid a fortuitous visit to Aldermaston Pottery. Later that year I became apprenticed to Alan Caiger Smith.

 This was a revelation for me as I had never touched clay before.  It was a wonderful place to learn and four years later, in 1987, I set up my own studio near Newbury where I continued to make maiolica pots. I was a member of the Oxfordshire Craft Guild and the Guild of Craftsmen of Hampshire and Berkshire and exhibited widely – in Newbury, Henley, Richmond, Farnham, Oxford and Cambridge.

In 1994 I moved, with my husband, to America where we stayed for six years on a farm near the Delaware River. Here I met lots of other potters and we built a wood fired salt kiln in one of the fields. This was another revelation. I loved using stoneware and firing it with wood and salt was very exciting after years of working with a strictly controlled and largely predictable electric kiln. Ever since we built that kiln I have been learning more about making pots – about form, and glaze, and firing. In 1995 I became a founder member of the Covered Bridge Artisans whohad studio tours and exhibitions twice a year... and still do. I exhibited in Stockton, Lambertville, Princeton and Philadelphia.

In 2001 we came back to England and I established a studio in Ewelme,  an historic Oxfordshire village well known for its fifteenth century church and school and its connection with Geoffrey Chaucer.

I am still a member of the Oxfordshire Craft Guild and of West Ox Arts and every year the Pottery is open for Oxford Artweeks.