Louise Tomlins Ceramics and Anne Richards Ceramics are collectively known as Harbour Pots, they each work from small studios alongside the River Thames in Greenwich. They were firm friends even before they discovered a mutual love of pottery, and enjoy very different working backgrounds, Anne is a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at London University and Louise is a former Nurse and Midwife who now has a small knitwear business. Their pottery journey began with a bucket list which included ‘make a piece of pottery’ - one short course later and they were hooked. They carried on learning and developing their skills, spending as much time as possible at a wheel before taking the first step towards independence and buying a second-hand wheel and small kiln. Initially the wheel was at Louise’s and the kiln at Anne’s but as they progressed and acquired two more reliable wheels and a much bigger kiln, production was transferred entirely to the garden studio at Anne’s. The outbreak of Covid has meant that Louise could no longer work in the garden studio so has moved her wheel to her own home, much to the joy of her family! This period has also highlighted their different styles and techniques so, although they will still work very closely together, they will be working from separate studios.
Anne works with porcelain, making large and small bowls, mugs and pet dishes; her work can be seen and purchased at annerichardsceramics.co.uk with stoneware producing functional items for the home including kitchenware and plant holders. Their work and style differ greatly but the use of a similar glaze palette brings their work together. They are influenced by the historic studio location, playful studio dogs, and the great pleasure that can be found in celebrating both the special occasions as well as the everyday with family and friends.