Sasha holding one of her pots

Sasha Wardell is known for her pioneering approach in moving forward the traditional process of bone china production. She is recognised internationally for her work, and her innovative approach, a focus based on taking an age-old craft to a higher level. Her carefully produced distinctive work embraces and reflects contemporary taste and lifestyle. Each piece is individually made using bespoke advanced industrial processes that Sasha has personally developed.

Sasha’s hallmark style, a distinctive combination of pure white slip cast bone china, treated with unique decorating techniques and finished in a carefully chosen palette of muted, subtle colours, has made her work highly sought after by private collectors, museums and contemporary art galleries worldwide.

1956 Born in Negombo , Sri Lanka
1976-79 B.A. Hons in 3D Design (Ceramics) at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham
1978 Studied Industrial Ceramics at Ecole Nationale des Arts Decoratifs, Limoges , France
1979-81 M.A. in Ceramic Design at North Staffordshire Polytechnic, Stoke on Trent
1980 Industrial Training at Royal Doulton, Stoke on Trent
1981-84 Lecturer in Ceramics on B.A. Combined Crafts degree at Crewe and Alsager
Since 83 Visiting lecturer at Bath , Brighton , Bristol , Cardiff , Carlisle , Central St. Martins London, Camarthan ,Croydon, Derby , Leicester, Limerick and Stoke on Trent

Member of Arts Feu Entreprise/Esprit Porcelaine (Ceramic group based in Limoges , France )

1989 Member of Southern Arts Association (Crafts Panel)

1989-96 Move to Brive La Gaillarde (France) to establish workshop and run residential  summer courses
Since 93 International workshops in Toulouse and Clermont Ferrand , France ;  Namur , Antwerp , and Brasschaat , Belgium ; Ballenberg and Carouge ( Geneva ),
1996-97 Re-establish workshop in England
1998-00 Research Fellowship at Bath Spa University College (part-time)
2000-03 External examiner for Diploma couse at Limerick College of Art and Design, Eire
2005 Masterclass at Atelier Cirkel, Brasschaat , Belgium Australian workshop tour at Mittagong, NSW; Devonport , Tasmania and Freemantle , WA .
2006 Masterclass at Atelier Cirkel, Brasschaat and Liege , Belgium

Visiting lecturer at Galway College of Art and Design, Eire

2007 Masterclass at Atelier Cirkel, Brasschaat , Belgium
2008 Masterclass at Centro de Artesania y Diseno, Lugo , Spain

Masterclass at Atelier Cirkel, Brasschaat , Belgium

2011 Elected member to the IAC (International Academy of Ceramics) Geneva, Switzerland
2015 Re-established bone china and mould making courses in SW France
2016 International Award Judge for Ceramics South Africa, Johannesburg, SA Masterclasses in Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Windhoek and Swakopmund ( Namibia)
  Design Work in Production
1981 Tableware design 'Ambassador'  for Royal Grafton China , Stoke on Trent


1984 Grand Prix at1st World Triennial of Small Ceramics, Zagreb
1986 British Council Sponsorship to attend Winter Artists' Colony Karlovac , Croatia
1987 Zagreb Prize at 2nd World Triennial of Small Ceramics, Zagreb
1990 Diploma at 12th Biennial of Ceramic Art, Vallauris , France
1997 Joint winner of Handel House Gallery ‘Summer Show', Devizes
1998 Bursary from Southern Arts Association for Research Fellowship at Bath Spa University College
2002 Bursary from The Craft Potters' Charitable Trust for book research
2012 Participant on "Crafted Mentoring Scheme"
2014 Bursary from The Craft Potters Charitable Trust for equipment
2015 ‘Shoal’ collection for Artisan and Craft range for The National Trust.


1998 Ikebana foyer display  commissioned by Takashimaya Store, Osaka , Japan
2001 ‘Feat of Clay' exhibition at Victoria   and Albert Museum , London , commissioned by  University of the West of England
2005 Sculptural piece for restaurant in P&O liner ‘ Arcadia ' commissioned by Elstone Hayes Associates.
2008 Bone china tea bowls for Rare Tea company
2009 Pendant lights for Mark Wilkinson Kitchens showrooms
2014 Artisan and Craft range for National Trust

Public Collections


Museum Boijmans, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Los Angeles Art and Craft Museum , U.S.A.

Yale Centre for British Art Museum , New Haven , CT. U.S.A.

Chateau de Vascoeuil, Centre Regional d'Art, Normandy , France

City Museum and Art Gallery , Hanley, Stoke on Trent

Norwich Castle Museum Teapot Collection

Newport Art Gallery and Museum, Wales

Zagreb City Museum , Croatia

British Council Collection -'Cloth Clay and Wood', London

Kellinghusen Museum , Germany

National Ceramic Collection at the Adrien Dubouche Museum , Limoges , France

National Museum of Scotland , Edinburgh

Ministere d'Arts Plastiques, Brussels

Museum fur angewandte, Cologne , Germany . Adolf Egner's collection

Museo Nacional de Ceramica Gonzalez Marti,', Valencia , Spain Adolf Egner's collection

The Grainer Collection, Contemporary British Studio Ceramics at the Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, N. Carolina, USA

Grimmerhuus Museum, Denmark

Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin


Work Included in Following Publications


‘Living Light' Ceramic Review, May/June 1988

China , Glass and Tableware (US) Nov 1988

La  Revue de la Ceramique et du Verre (France) March/April 1989

A  Dictionary of British Studio Potters, Pat carter (Scholar Press) 1990

‘Rencontre a Limoges ' La  Revue de la Ceramique et du Verre (France) July/August 1992

Ceramics and Print, Paul Scott (A&C Black) 1994

Porcelain, Caroline Whyman (Batsford) 1994

Contemporary Porcelain, Peter Lane (A&C Black) 1995 and 2003

Resists and Techniques, Peter Beard (A&C Black) 1995 and 2003

Ceramic Form: Design and Decoration (New Edition) , Peter Lane (A&C Black) 1998

Illustrated Dictionary of Practical Pottery (4th Edition), Robert Fournier (A&C Black) 2000

‘The Magic of Materials' Keramiek, April 2002

The Ceramic Surface, Matthias Ostermann 2002

Naked Clay, Jane Perryman ( A&C Black ) 2004

Craft Arts International, ( Australia ) 2006

Contemporary Ceramics' by Emmanuel Cooper ( Thames and Hudson) 2006

Taiwan Ceramic Magazine (2008)

Ceramic Design Course by Anthony Quinn ( Barrons USA and Quarto UK ) 2008

Techniques Using Slips, John Mathieson, (A & C Black) 2010

'The Ceramics Bible' by Louisa Taylor ( Chronicle Books) 2011

'Illuminate' by Hannah Nunn ( Bloomsbury) 2012





Slipcasting, Sasha Wardell (A&C Black) 1997 / 2007 (2 nd edition)

Porcelain and Bone China, Sasha Wardell (Crowood Press) 2004


Translations (From French to English)

  Mouldmakers' Handbook by Jean-Pierre Delpech and Marc-Andre Figueres
(A&C Black)2008
  Fashion Notebooks Series: From Concept to Catwalk byOliver Gerval
(A&C Black)2008
  Fashion Accessories by Oliver Gerval (A&C Black) 2009