Tony was born in Sunderland in 1961. He trained in Studio ceramics at Preston Polytechnic from 1981-84 and gained a Distinction from the Society of Designer Craftsmen. He then worked in the ceramic industry in Stoke-on-Trent including Coalport China from 1986-88 as a designer. In 1988 he set up my own studio near Leek in the Staffordshire Moorlands and has worked there as a full-time professional ceramic artist since then.
His background has given Tony a broad appreciation of ceramics and techniques. He is interested in the art-ware produced by Royal Doulton in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and French potters such as Clement Massier. Other influences include Kandinsky, Malevich, Mondrian, Nicholson, Brancusi, Rodchenko and the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Tony’s work draws on these various sources and cultures, using a juxtaposition of controlled, linear designs with areas of loose, painterly decoration. The surface of the pot being used as a painter would use a canvas.
In 2014, Tony was made a Fellow Member of the Craft Potter’s Association and in 2015, He was selected to be a member of Contemporary Applied Arts.