I am currently producing functional stoneware pottery and sculptures in a reduction-fired gas kiln. I identify myself with the oriental stoneware tradition best expressed in the work of Shoji Hamada, Bernard Leach and my own mentor from South Africa, Andrew Walford.

I began pottery in South Africa in the early 1980s with the significant support and encouragement of Andrew Walford. I have recently started again after a break of 15 years. This rediscovery has been deeply satisfying in spite of the inevitable mishaps and having to relearn old skills.

It is really good to do something completely different to that which dominates day to day work life. Working with clay provides a tactile,  practical and creative alternative to a thought and conversation orientated “other” life.

I like the unpredictable and interesting textures of reduction firing. l want the colours and textures of the clays to be visible and make this an important part of each piece. There is no mistaking that the pottery pieces result from the manipulation of earth, fire, water and air; something begun by our earliest ancestors.

I start out intending to make another of something that I am satisfied with but the pieces soon change and evolve into something slightly or significantly different. The craft becomes creative. The pottery sometimes shapes the potter.

–Vaughan Norman


We absolutely love Vaughan’s pottery, such beautiful designs and love the different shapes of all of them. Not only are they amazing to look at they are super functional, we use ours every day and they still look brand new. Thanks so much for all our pieces Vaughan we LOVE them.

Nikita & Kieran O. 

My husband and I commissioned Vaughan to create a new set of dishes for us last year (2019). He was just great to work with. He clarified with us what colours and styles we liked best and then set out to create something that we would love. He kept us in the loop during the creation process (it IS art, after all) and ensured we were happy with the sample he created.

The end result was just awesome. We now have a beautiful, unique set of dishes – each one its own unique piece of art. Thank you, Vaughan. 

Jennifer M. 

We have always enjoyed the way Vaughan’s pottery sits at some point where pragmatism and creativity meet. His experiments with glazes on jugs and platters have resulted in visually exciting work while  his waka-inspired bowls, and his wire-and-pottery dragonflies, set his work apart. 

Robyn & Charles R. 



Interested in having your own custom pottery made? Simply get in touch and Vaughan will guide you through the process of choosing your pieces in the style that you like best. 

Hand-made pottery is as much an art as it is science and your pieces will be truly unique.