Why did you choose Herefordshire as your first home in England?
Because it’s lovely. I loved the countryside, the open, flowing, beautiful hills and the forest nearby. It’s always been important for me to be somewhere that inspires me, because I can somehow absorb colours, textures, sounds and shapes from around me.
Now you live in Cornwall, do you find it inspiring to be by the sea?
I was born by the sea and coming here has brought me full circle, back to seeing the sea every day. I see the sea from where I work, where I eat, and it becomes a part of your day. The light changes by the minute here almost, you can see colours changing. All of that is important.
© Rebecca Peters
What do you try to do with your ceramics?
The things I make have got to have some real connection to people. As well as function it could be emotional or physical in the way that you can handle, hold, feel, explore an object through touch. I love looking at really old pots and trying to figure out how these things have been used.
What has kept you making for more than 40 years?
Truthfully, it’s the excitement and the anticipation of opening the next kiln. There will always be things in there that will be slightly different, there’ll be things that have worked, things that haven’t worked. Always something fresh and new.