or "Beano" as she was known was born in Berkshire, England back in 1895 into one of the country's aristocratic families.
She first became interested in pottery when she visited Roger Fry at his
Omega Workshops and saw examples of his work, which resulted in her attending
the Central School of Arts & Crafts in London
to study pottery herself. It was in 1923 that she first met Bernard Leach at
an exhibition of his work in London
when she asked him if he would take her on at his pottery in St. Ives.
Initially he refused but accepted her when she asked him again the following
She stayed at the Leach Pottery for a year where she learnt in the company of
Leach, Shoji Hamada and Tsuronosuke Matsubayashi and then started her first pottery in the
grounds of the family estate at Coleshill in Berkshire, using
a kiln designed by Matsubayashi. In 1946 she moved
to her second pottery at Kilmington Manor in Wiltshire where she devoted her
life to the study of ash glazes until her death in 1985.
The pots below are currently for sale.