Kate was born in West Africa to Irish parents but was largely brought up in England. She graduated with a degree in fashion design at Central St. Martins and worked in the textile industry before she became interested in ceramics through her ex-husband, Duncan Ayscough, and started decorating his thrown vases and fruit bowls with the brightly coloured figurative designs she had been using in her textile designs.
Since 1990 Kate has been commercially producing tin glazed tiles and tableware using brightly coloured traditional glazes. She works to commission and each piece is a one-off piece of art work individually designed and personalised for every customer.
Kate Glanville ceramics have been sold in many shops and galleries around the world including Liberty, The Conran Shop, Fortnum and Masons and Macy’s New York. She has designed several ranges of hand painted tiles for Fired Earth. Kate’s work has been featured in a range of publications, including Country Living Magazine, House Beautiful, Country Homes & Interiors, Period Home, House & Garden, Perfect Home and many other interior design magazines.
Among her many customers Kate has produced ceramics for The Prince of Wales, Madonna, Roger Daltry and Robbie Williams. Her mugs have featured on the hit BBC TV show Great British Bake Off.
Kate works from her pottery studio in the garden of her home in the tiny village of Bethlehem set amongst the spectacular scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park, South West Wales.
In addition to the ceramics business, Kate has been writing stories since the age of eight. Her first novel, A Perfect Home, was published by Penguin USA in August 2012, her second, Heartstones, was published by Accent Press in the UK in 2014. Her third novel Stargazing will be published in January 2016. For more information on Kate’s books, please click here.