Finally 2021 will see major exhibitions for me to celebrate 50 years as a studio potter.

Whitewater Gallery - Polzeath
Primavera Gallery - Cambridge
Customs House - Porthleven - joint exhibition in 2021 with Karen Carlyon.


Whitewater Gallery
St Ives Ceramics
Customs House Gallery
Cornwall Crafts Association


New Brewery Arts

About me

At seventeen I moved to Hereford to study at Hereford School of Art & Design, transferring to Redruth School of Art to take a further ceramics course for which I was awarded a diploma with distinction. After work experience with several established potters, I opened my own pottery in Newquay in 1971.

An opportunity arose in 1975 to begin a large production pottery in Devon on the Flete estate. After this in 1982, I took my family to La Borne in the department of Cher, France, where an ancient pottery village still survives, repeating the traditional forms and ways of wood firing important to that region of central France, using an anagama kiln.

In 2000 I went again to live and work in La Borne.

Exhibitions and Memberships: These include numerous one-man shows in Britain; collective shows in Europe, Japan, the USA, Saudi Arabia, South Korea. I was a member of the Cornwall Crafts Associations, the West Country Potters Association and the Penwith Society of Arts. I became a member of the Association of Potters of La Borne.

We returned to Cornwall in January 2014 and I have renewed my membership of the Cornwall Crafts Association.

In 2017 Karen Carlyon began working as my apprentice and created her own studio.

Karen began to express her creative ideas by taking watercolour classes and later ceramics. She spent several years with Paula Downing, hand building large sculptural pieces using various clay bodies. She now fires her wheel thrown porcelain pieces in a gas kiln; the inspiration for her work comes from our coastline and long spells watching the movement and colours of the sea. Her main production is tableware; she also takes commissions and makes individual studio pieces supplying galleries mainly in the South West.

In 2020 we began a joint venture, Toll House Pottery, to run alongside our individual studio work. Together we work exclusively in porcelain with exciting high temperature glaze colours, the result of years of research and experimentation.

Our new online shop makes available not only our individual studio work but also the range of tableware we have been developing together.

We’re excited about our new work and the chance to show it online as Toll House Pottery Ceramics. Now you can browse through our range of tableware and choose your own sets and colours.

All products are dishwasher, oven and microwave proof. Unlike industrially produced ceramics, sizes and colours may vary slightly since all items are hand made. There may be slight variations to glazes between firings.

Have a look at our studio ceramics too. We are dedicated to extending our considerable talents with new shapes and colours. This is a great opportunity for you to see how these develop. As new work is produced, examples will be posted regularly in the shop.

Everything is available for delivery by courier, we only ship in the UK.

Hugh West – Ceramics

Rose Cottage
Tarrandean Lane
Perranwell Station

Sales Enquiries
For prices of ceramics or prints, please contact:

Hugh: +44 (0)7724 406362
Karen: +44 (0)7766 621965



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