Hazel Johnston was born in Cumbria in 1933. She studied ceramics at the Manchester College of Art, graduating with First Class Honours, before going on to teach at Mid-Warwickshire School of Art. A Fellow of the Craft Potters Association and the Royal Society of Arts, Hazel regularly took part in CPA, Gloucestershire Guild and Midland Potters exhibitions.
Initially confined to domestic slipware, Hazel’s work expanded to include stoneware and, from 1977, thrown porcelain bottles and bowls. Simply finished in subtly coloured mixtures of metal oxides under a dolomite glaze, clarity of form is the most critically important and main characteristic of Hazel’s work.