“Have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

William Morris

Where I live, the well known Yorkshire put down puts it more succinctly: “neither use nor ornament”.

I chose the name Use or Ornament because I want my craftwork to show good design and beautiful character.

I also chose it because I love that the Arts and Crafts movement of William Morris was bold enough to think that through making and spreading good design, you can change the world in small ways.

The Arts and Crafts battle in the 1800s was about the industrial process pushing out good craft and in the 21st century we're still arguing the same case.

Industrial goods have got smarter at looking a little like handmade – you can see the crackle glazes, wire work and sanded off paint in department store home collections - but they are still the product of a system of poor working conditions and high profits, however they try to look. So while there's no harm in an industrial process if you want something that can't easily be handmade, I think there should be a bigger niche for the crafts person too.

What you'll get from my work is a promise to be as sustainable as I can, to look for ethical solutions wherever I can and to refine my designs until I'd be happy owning it before it ever comes to market. The designs I sell are my own and the work is my own.