Stuart owned and ran a gift business in Ledbury for around thirty years, which in the 1990’s was turning over £3.5 million a year.
Some of that success was due to the fact he designed a product that sold 8.5 million units and really helped establish the company.
He says that in spite of everything, he was guilty of working in the business and not on the business.
The business was sold in the early 2000s and he went “back” to becoming a studio potter.
After handing the pottery business to a young potter who had worked with him for a few years in 2016, he now makes furniture and guitars, going to a luthier and a furniture maker to hone his skills.
He’s also my landlord here at the studio and I’m very lucky to count him as a friend and mentor, as he’s been extremely supportive to me over the last 5 years as I’ve tried to build my business and change careers.