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The Studio

Work on the studio at Knighton Mill began at the end of 2015.  After over six months of cleaning, construction,  kiln design and build, we fired the kiln for the first time in August, 2016.


The workshop and office have been created from barn, dairy and stable buildings, making minimal changes to their exteriors.  We added a few windows to let in more light, and extended walls to enclose the stables.  We've also been working to bring back the natural beauty of the surroundings area, repairing fences and planting trees, hedges and wildflowers.  


Local electricians, plumbers, gas engineers, construction and landscaping professionals worked with us to bring studio plans to fruition. 

The Pots

Knighton Mill Pottery produces ceramics for everyday use.  Handmade and high fired, our dishes are oven, microwave and dishwasher safe.  


The hand making process and the nature of the kiln combine to create the distinctive surface and colour of each piece.  No two pots are exactly alike, each having its own character.  The range of variation in the egg cups here was produced in one firing solely by the pot's location in the kiln.  Photos of our pots and dishes are therefore representative of the range.  Colours and finish will vary.  


In addition to our standard range, we enjoy making bespoke pots.  Our projects have included bonsai pots, fountains and birdbaths, chicken feeders and baptismal fonts.  If you're seeking one unique piece, exclusive gift items for a group, or you just don't see what you want, please contact us.



Ian has been making pots for over 20 years, studying and working in the USA, China and the UK.  The character of the products at Knighton Mill express those varied experiences.

Ian has drawn on his expertise from years working within the global ceramics community to create Knighton Mill Pottery.

The Kiln

Salt firing involves introducing salt into the kiln chamber at high temperature to create a glaze on the surface of the wares.  The "orange peel" texture as well as the warm flashing or vapour trails on the surface are trademarks of this process.  The gas kiln at Knighton Mill was designed to achieve a maximum range of surface patterns in every firing.


Originally designed for industrial use, over the past 50 years the process of salt firing has undergone a revival.  Our method enhances the aestetic qualities possible when salt is introduced directionaly giving the pot's surface disinctive faces.


The pots at Knighton Mill are fired to 1300 degrees centigrade over 24 hours then rapidly cooled to strengthen the clay.  The kiln is left to cool for a further 48 hours before it is opened.

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