About Us

Jane Payne, who has owned the pottery since 2003, produces mainly practical domestic stoneware – mugs, jugs, bowls, plates, dishes and the like – all safe in oven, microwave, dishwasher and freezer. Other popular lines include oilburners for the dinner table and decorative items such as elephants and ‘rhinosaurs’ plus wall-hanging seahorses, parrots and cats. Much of her work is sgraffito decorated and she uses a wide range of glazes, making a colourful display.

Michael Taylor’s work tends to be more flamboyant and on a bigger scale featuring large platters, bowls, colanders and dishes, often with spectacular colour effects in the lavishly applied glaze. Michael also produces smaller items such as mugs, cereal bowls and honey and sugar pots frequently decorated with semi-abstract patterns based on leaves and flowers.

All the work produced by both potters is fired in our 52 cu. ft. capacity gas fired kiln.

Also shown in the gallery are textile items hand made by Jane Ritchie. Living in Somerset and trading under the AJ’s mark, Jane is a meticulous seamstress with a real eye for colour. Her products include doorstops in the shape of dogs, ducks, cats and rats, handbags, shopping bags, peg bags and aprons, all in distinctive and unusual textile designs.

On the gallery walls are original prints by Gill Salway produced by a variety of techniques from traditional etching to contemporary collagraphs. Her work is striking, attractive and individual.