A B O U T D E B O R A H S E A R S
Born in America, Deborah Sears studied painting in Europe, primarily in Italy, where she met her English husband. After working as a graphic designer in London, they moved to Oxford in the 1980’s. On the banks of the Isis in the centre of Oxford, she began Isis Ceramics. From a Victorian building called the Old Toffee Factory, Isis Ceramics began supplying English retailers and designers with a collection of dinnerware, decorative pieces and lighting.
In 2000, Isis Ceramics relocated to the village of Horton-cum-Studley and created The New Toffee Factory. This beautiful setting inspired new patterns, colours, and a unique design service called “Design For You Dinnerware: DFYD”. Today Isis Ceramics serves international private clients, retailers and public institutions.
Deborah was a runner up in the European Woman of the Year Competition 2003. She has been awarded twice by the Oxford Preservation Trust, and has been a sponsor of the Oxford Literary Festival for ten years. She and her husband Roger have two grown up children and live in a farmhouse adjacent to The New Toffee Factory.
T A L K S & T O U R S
Tours of the Isis Ceramics Pottery can be arranged for visiting groups. A conducted tour includes viewing the whole production of the ceramics, from making to painting. Tours may be accompanied by a talk given by Deborah Sears, followed by a tea. Deborah also gives short talks and lectures outside the pottery by arrangement. Please contact us if you would like her to speak to your group.
For additional information about Deborah Sears, including a PDF portfolio containing details about her talks program for 2010, please contact email@example.com