Laurence was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire in 1942.
His later decision to make a living by working with clay came from two influences. Firstly, the enthusiasm of Richard Cusden, the Art Teacher at Bishop Wordsworth School who introduced him to throwing on the potter’s wheel and secondly from delving about in the New Forest Romano-British kiln sites.
His work, whilst not being imitative, doubtless reflects his interest in both the aims and influences of the Arts and Crafts Movement and in Islamic design traditions. He is a visiting tutor at the Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts department of the Prince’s Foundation, London and fellow of the British Craft Potters Association.