Simon’s passion for pottery started at school when he was encouraged to include pottery alongside his Art A Level studies. He went on to study ceramics at Bristol, following which he set up his own studio, producing a range of decorative and domestic stoneware. Basing himself in Worcester to start with, he has since worked in Lincolnshire and Warwickshire.
Larger premises were needed to meet the needs of the expanding business, so in 2018 Simon, and his wife Anne, moved to Drefach Felindre near Newcastle Emlyn in beautiful West Wales. The pottery now occupies a former Welsh stone slaughterhouse built in the late 1800s. Situated close to the National Wool Museum, this is a thriving tourist area, within a half hour of stunning coastline and beaches.
Simon’s use of mellow, earth-tone glazes means his pots complement any décor. A handmade pot is very tactile, and whether you are cupping your hands round one of Simon’s coffee mugs or serving a meal from one of his casserole dishes, you know you are in possession of a stylish but timeless piece that has been lovingly made by a potter with over forty years’ experience.
The name “Mill Rundle” was chosen many decades ago (“Rundle” is a Lincolnshire term for a stream) and it is a happy coincidence that Simon’s new workshop in West Wales is bordered by a river serving the local woollen mill.
All of Simon’s pots can be used in the oven, or on the table, and are also dishwasher, freezer and microwave safe. Like any ceramic oven to tableware, sudden extreme temperature changes should be avoided.