Francis was brought up around studio pottery, with both his mother and grandfather being potters. His using of and appreciation for ceramics goes back to childhood but the urge to make came later and proved inescapable.
Francis initially studied Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art before going on to complete the two year Ceramic Skills and Design Course in Thomastown, Ireland. He then went on to work as apprentice to Lisa Hammond at Maze Hill Pottery. Greenwich finishing in early 2022. Now working in Cumbria he is resident potter for Grizedale Arts at the Farmers Arms.
All Francis’ work is thrown using stoneware clays and is reduction fired, increasingly turning to salt glaze for his desired surface. Functional pots are his main concern, pots made for use in daily life, often giving a nod towards other historical objects, not necessarily made of clay, featuring utilitarian components now ultimately defunct but repurposed as decoration. He uses a muted palette of glazes and seeks a balance between looseness and definition in his forms.