Robin was brought up on the Caribbean island of Grenada for his first seven years, followed by Portugal, from where he was sent to school in the UK at the age of nine. Feeling like a fish out of water, he found solace in the pottery department, returning home with increasingly larger boxes of pots for the rest of his school years.
In 1990 he did an MA in Ceramics at Goldsmiths, followed by a short stint at the Dartington Pottery before going to Japan. There he immersed himself in Japanese culture, working with various potters and studying calligraphy with Shingai Tanaka, with whom he later had a joint exhibition of calligraphy and ceramics at the Daiwa foundation in London. However his biggest reward from his travels was returning home with Yoshi, through whom the wonders of the Japanese traditions continue to flow.
In 2001, they moved to the Preseli Hills where they brought up three children whilst converting an old farm yard into a pottery studio, holiday cottages, and a lovely home.