Born in Harrow, Middlesex, she completed her studies at the Royal College of Art under the tutelage of Hans Coper. She is recognised as one of Europe’s leading potters and was awarded the OBE in 1990. She is Senior Tutor in Ceramics at the Royal College of Art, an author, curator and ceramist, having her own studio in London. Her work is represented in public and private collections around the world.
Her work plays with the notion of function in that she makes sculptural forms which make reference to vessel shapes. Sheets of clay are decorated in a bold, abstract, painterly manner and are then cut and constructed. In 1993 she acted as joint curator with Martina Margetts on the groundbreaking exhibition, The Raw and the Cooked.