Passion For Pottery: Tena Payne
For Tena Payne a bunch of shiitake mushrooms changed her life. The Birmingham wife and mother of two had been pursuing her passion for creating pottery as a hobby for years, but she’d found it difficult – impossible, really – to make a living doing it. Everything changed when, on that fateful day in 1997, she connected with Chef Chris Hastings of Hot & Hot Fish Club, who was purchasing said shiitakes. The chef found out Tena was a potter – a dinnerware medium he’d long admired but had found not to be hearty enough to withstand the rigors of restaurant service. The pair started collaborating, bound only by Tena’s (wild) imagination and Chris’ exacting specifications of dimension.