After working as a design engineer for many years Alan changed career and in 1971 he trained to become an art teacher at Neville's Cross College, Durham. He then taught art at a comprehensive school. He then left fulltime teaching and took a studio at Washington Arts Centre where he made domestic and studio pottery, he also taught various pottery courses. After 20 years working at the Centre in 1995 he started travelling abroard and finally built his own studio at his home where he now works making studio pots.
Alan has exhibited extensively over the years and was a founder member of the Northern Potters, which he has just recently rejoined.