Born in Boothorpe, Derbyshire, he studied at the Swadlincote school of art winning the Queen Victoria Prize for Art. He went on to teach at the Burton on Trent school of art and worked at Henry Tooth's Bretby Art Pottery and Moore Bros'. Best remembered for his work at Pilkington's Royal Lancastrian where he worked from about 1903 until his death in 1931. He painted many lustre wares and designed shapes. He also worked on the Lapis Ware range creating many imaginative patterns. He also created a range of free standing animal sculptures and also figural works as finials on ginger jars and vases.
There is a book on the subject, which is now difficult to find - Pilkington's Royal Lancastrian Pottery and Tiles