It is my pleasure to recommend the work of Ann Bates which, in my experience, is excellent both technically and artistically.  Ann's ceramic pieces are also imbued with a rare spiritual quality.

LD. Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Thank you Ann, for your kindness and empathy and for making this more than just the purchase of an object to hold my husband's ashes.  When I looked at the urn I saw the work and the skill and the part of yourself that had gone into creating it. It makes it so much more personal. You must have tremendous job satisfaction!

Mrs JR. West Midlands

We wanted to express our warmest appreciation of the immense care you took in realising the designs we commissioned, your only concern being to achieve the closest possible match to our vision in terms of design, colour and glaze - however much experimentation that might take.  We are delighted with the result and hope we can stay in touch.

Mr & Mrs L., Nottingham

Today's workshop with Ann was wonderful, her calm and gentle manner made for a most relaxing, enjoyable and fulfilling experience which I want to repeat.  I made two gorgeous pots and a tile, learning so much in the process. Ann's teaching style is relaxed and she is generous with her knowledge; I went home feeling inspired and yearning to go back!

Lynn P.