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Hello, my name is Frances Doherty and I spend my life trying to do that difficult thing of earning a living from my art. I have a lovely studio in the Normandy countryside, and the inspiration for my work comes from all about me in my large, slightly wild garden. My heart however resides in Brighton, Sussex so consequently I’m to be found cycling to and from the ferry ports on either side of the channel.

This blog is about that dual life, the technicalities of ceramics, the fight with the garden, the business of selling my work, life in rural France and buzzy Brighton and the visitors/students that pass through my life.

I hope that occasionally there will something useful on this blog to budding potters or gardeners, or something of interest to anyone else.

Anyway, welcome to my blog and please feel free to comment on any of my posts.


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Makiko May 12, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Hello, thank u for the reply which I found in the spam mailing list!
How embarrassing that I commented on last years blog!
I hope you are keeping well.
Your buttons are gorgeous, I like the back ground illustration.
Speak to you next week!


Gillian October 2, 2012 at 2:33 pm

I’ve just come across you lovely blog! Your work looks amazing and you seem to be a very interesting person. I have an English centre in an old flour mill in Fécamp! and in June next year I am organising a trip to Brighton with a group of my students who are disabled in various ways.
Next time you are in the Fécamp area give me a call and we can have a cup of tea!
See you soon I hope.
English Centre Des Hautes Falaises


frances doherty October 2, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Hi Gillian,

Thanks for your nice comment. I don’t tend to get down your way too often…it’s a little far on my bike! But sometimes when I have a friend with a car over, we drive down that way…so I will get in touch when that happens. Likewise, if you are ever over my part of Normandie…pop in and see the studio and have a cuppa.


Susanna Byrne June 10, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Fascinating to hear of the inspirations behind your beautiful pieces at the Hidden Garden art talk yesterday. Also enjoyed hearing the interesting route you took to and from art school! You mentioned that Palissy is an influence and I didn’t get a chance to say (you probably already know) that there is a wonderful fair every summer where he used to live in the hamlet of Saint Avit (my parents used to live close by) I know Aquitaine is a bit of a stretch from Normandy by bicycle but if you do have the chance to visit it is an extraordinary sight to behold!
Thanks again!


frances doherty June 16, 2013 at 11:35 am

Thank you….I was incredibly nervous beforehand…but everyone was so nice. Aquitaine sounds like a nice place to go….and maybe we should plan it for one of our summer forays. We usually go cycling for a couple of weeks every summer and I have never been there (is it very hilly?) Fx


john August 18, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Hi I was looking around the botanic garden on the IOW, and I am intersested in the small poppy sculpture, could you please give me info on prices etc, thankyou.


joanna meese September 14, 2014 at 10:16 am

hi; have just come across your blog, would be thrilled to know where i can see your mastepieces. i am british and live near Deauville ( 14) many thanks


frances doherty September 18, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Hello Joanna, Well I tend to make and then take them over to England. I do do exhibitions in Normandy on occasion, the last one in Lyons la Foret…but not often. However, if you would like to come to my studio one day you are more than welcome. The kettle is always on!


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