Margaret O’Roke lives and works in Oxford. First training as a painter at the Chelsea School of Art she then took up pottery at Camberwell. Her fulltime career started later in life, working with translucent porcelain. Her glowing, ethereal thrown sculptural forms are inspired by the translucency of fine high-fired porcelain, with creative ideas stemming from the nature of the material, forms that can grow from the potter's wheel, the process of firing and a sense of adventure with light and space.

In 1992 she spent three formative months working in Ryoji Koie’s studio in Japan. Since then, O'Rorke has exhibited all over the world, with shows at the V&A, the Jingzhe Modern Art Museum in Shanghai and recently a solo exhibition at the NCECA. She has participated in numerous residencies, including one at the International Ceramic Research Centre in Denmark in 2007 and two in Jingdezhen Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute in China in 2007 and 2008. Her book entitled Clay, Light and Water was published in February 2010 by A & C Black.