Following a degree course in Fine Art and French Literature, Justine undertook an apprenticeship at Dartington Pottery, Devon, between 1995 and 1997. Marriage in 1997 meant a move to Oxford and a job glazing at The Jam Factory and then another move to Wiltshire.
It was at this time that Justine worked 2 days a week for Julian Bellmont at his High Street Pottery in Kintbury, Berks. Julian had been a long time thrower for Alan Caiger-Smith at Aldermaston before setting out to make his own lustre ware in a similar style. In return for 2 days work, Justine could use his studio and expertise to really begin to learn how to throw.
A move to Rome the following year, allowed Justine the opportunity to use the basement pottery studio of an Argentinian friend. It was during the next 12 months that she developed her throwing technique and made a variety of tableware from terracotta clay decorated with brushstrokes of bright colour on a white tin glaze.
After a 14 year hiatus, the offer of a kiln and a wheel ignited the desire to return to making pots. Justine now works in her garage, surrounded by bikes, jam jars, the lawn mower, paint and old BBQ sets.