Trained at the Bath Academy of Art and
Camberwell School of Art and Crafts, London.
Having begun her career in art and ceramics, a period of independent study of ancient South American pottery traditions drew her towards languages and travel. She studied German and Portuguese at university and became a journalist, writing about business and finance in Europe and the United States.
When she had children, she moved back to the UK and worked as a freelance writer, and for a time, as a secondary school languages teacher.
It was during this phase that she returned to ceramics and set up her own studio.