Colin Saunders was born in Northampton and studied at Central School of Arts and Crafts in London, and later at North Staffordshire College of Technology. He taught for a time and worked with industrial potteries on large scale manufacture. In 1980 he moved to rural Suffolk where he established a workshop. He uses traditional materials: white earthenware and terracotta, so as to avoid preciousness. Decoration is only employed to give life to a piece which otherwise would have none.