Contemporary handmade pottery

Sophie combines function with decoration to create an exciting range of colourful, reduction fired stoneware pots.

Sophie did a degree in ceramics at Bristol Polytechnic and worked at Dartington Pottery, Devon before setting up her own pottery in 1991.

She converted redundant farm buildings into a workshop and showroom at High Marishes.

The pots are all either hand thrown, jollied or press moulded depending on their shape and size. After a drying out period they are bisq. fired then dipped in a base glaze. Each pot is then individually hand decorated using brushes, sponges and slip trailors to apply layers of different coloured glazes. The final firing is in a reducing atmosphere, reaching a temperature of 1300 degrees centigrade, this creates the wonderful rich diffusion of colours that so characterises Sophie’s work. Most of her designs are inspired by plants, stripes and fish.

The Pots

Shows and events

North Yorkshire Open Studios 2020 - 6/7 & 13/14 June.
My pottery will be open 10am – 5pm on both weekends.

Potfest in the Park - 24 / 25 / 26th July 2020
Hutton-in-the-Forest (5 miles northwest of Penrith, Cumbria)

Sheriff Hutton’s monthly village market.
Please see their website for the dates each month.

Where to buy

The Pottery Shop

A full range of items can be purchased from the shop.

Shop opening hours:

12th February – 19th December

Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm

Other times by appointment

Sometimes I have to be away, it is advisable to phone or email if you are making a special journey.
You may also wish to call ahead to check the availability of specific items to avoid disappointment.


The pottery is located at High Marishes. Follow the brown pottery signs on the A169 between Malton and Pickering. Turn off the A169 and follow the signs to High Marishes and Thornton Dale. The pottery is at the first farm on the right.


Sophie Hamilton, The Pottery, Thornton Lane, High Marishes, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6UQ

Telephone: 01653 668228

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