Debbie was born in Canada. She was educated in England and studied ceramics at the West Surrey College of Art & Design and at the Bath Pottery.
On arriving in Cornwall in 1981, she set up her first studio at Gunwalloe on the Lizard. In 1988 she relocated to a bigger pottery at Penhalvean, Redruth, where she used a large 60ft gas fired kiln to produce a wide range of decorated domestic and architectural pieces. She is now located near Newlyn, where in addition to making pots she also hand-prints her own artwork and illustrates books.
A potter of great skill and wit, her ceramics, whether useful small bowls, large platters, garden tables and barrel-stools, goblets or tiles all tell stories and reference classical, local and natural history. She uses a bright colour palette on to which she paints intricate designs. Birds, flowers, sea creatures, rhythmic patterns all decorate her finely thrown pieces, making her work always distinguishable in any collection.
Initially she worked only in earthenware, experimenting with slips, glazes, oxides and under-glazes but following a residency in China, she was attracted to porcelain. Now, having mastered this tricky material, she throws beautifully formed one-off pieces decorated with the medium of ‘terra sigillata’ mixed with oxides and under-glaze colours, giving scope to her illustrative talents. With experience of teaching pottery techniques, from beginners to master-class, she now offers individual tuition at her studio.