Born in Stoke-on-Trent in 1970, Brownsword grew up immersed in the traditions of Britain’s famous Potteries – one of the great powerhouses of the industrial revolution. His family had found employment in the potteries for generations. Brownsword himself initially worked at Wedgewood before studying at University of Wales Institute Cardiff and the Royal College of Art. He continues to live in Stoke-on-Trent. The industrial heritage that Brownsword was surrounded by, together with his training in the craft techniques of a ceramicist have provided the grounds for both his work and academic research.