I was born in Devonshire and live in the Exeter area where I am ever inspired in many ways by the beauty and historic value of this region. The hills, rivers, sea cliffs and the magic of Devon have given birth to most, if not all, of my interests over the years. My ancestors have lived in this area since at least the 1570's and I hope that my artwork and research will continue to contribute something to Devon for centuries to come.
I live with Natalie in our small cosy home with our family of cats. Natalie has long-term health problems and is disabled, but we enjoy the creative value of our studio life and quite often get out and about around Devon.
My main occupation is a ceramic artist specialising in the production of clay tobacco pipes which I supply to Movies and TV, Smokers and Collectors. I have even made special pieces for Johnny Depp, President Obama, the late Sir Terry Pratchett and other famous people! When I am not busy making the pipes I am usually dabbling around with my music composing with a bunch of synthesizers. My important duties include serving the large host of our cats and of course I look after Natalie as well. In the summer months I spend much time in the garden sometimes making a sculpture or coiling a vase or I might go out for walks on the moorlands or coast. I also enjoy mother nature and taking photos of landscapes, clouds and trees etc.
I was born in London and have lived in numerous parts of Britain and Western Europe, including several years spent travelling.
Deteriorating health and becoming disabled forced me to settle down and, for several years, stop working altogether; in 1997 I moved to Devon shortly after meeting Heather. Heather cared for me diligently during the years during which my health was at its worst, and although I'm still very limited in what I can do, things are better now than they were and on good days I can do a few things around the studio with Heather's help, a lot of medication, and respect for my limits.
As well as being a scientist, I am also a Hereditary Witch (which, for anyone not familiar with such things, I do stress is what is popularly called a white witch, using the Craft only for good -- the common image of the "evil old hag" doing terrible things to innocent people is nothing but a calumny introduced by early Christians who wanted to discredit the old ways). I am of Romani race (no prizes for guessing this from my looks!) and culture, speak Romani reasonably competently, and my family has produced tatche Romani chovahànes (True Romani Witches) for generations.
A whole new section of the website on the subject of Paganism and Witchcraft is under construction -- please visit it by clicking the link below, and come back and look at it regularly as I make progress on it!