An old quarryman’s cottage did not initially seem to have much going for it when a young British ceramicist first found it tucked away in the forest of dean in south-west England. It was dark, divided by two, had wobbly additions and had been used as a cider house for years – which explains why the doorways are wider than normal (just a little wider than a cider barrel, to be exact).
But those of us driven to expend vast amounts of effort on our homes do not worry about small imperfections.
This talented owner first lived in the house, getting to know the light levels and how the rooms would work, leading one to another. Anyone who knows the owner’s work will not be surprised to see her idea of a dream interior, using as it does the myriad colours and the rose motif seen on her pots, plates, mugs and bowls. Colour is an abiding passion white is anathema. There are no pictures on the walls and all the furniture is practical and functional. One must applaud her originality courage of conviction.