Elizabeth Raeburn worked in music and book publishing and then as a teacher, and in 1973 she began a full time course in studio pottery at Harrow School of Art. While she was there, she spent a brief but influential time as a production student in David Leach’s workshop. In 1975, she moved to Somerset where she established a pottery with Rodney Lawrence. Since 1981, she has concentrated on handbuilt Raku.
Elizabeth's work is represented on the British Craft Council Selected Index, as well as in many public and private collections at home and abroad. Her solo exhibitions include the Oxford Gallery, the Galerie für Keramik und Kalligraphie in Hamburg and the Dan Klein Gallery in London. She had five solo exhibitions at Galerie Besson in London and also a solo show in Paris at Galerie Ortilles-Fourcat. From 1992 to 1993 she won two prizes at an exhibition at the National Museum of History, Taipei, with two pieces being acquired by the museum. From 1997 to 1998 she had work shown at Sotheby's Exhibition of Contemporary Decorative Arts and was commissioned by Harvard University for a presentation at the book launch of The Quest for Longitude. In 2003 she was one of four of David Leach's students whose work was included in his retrospective exhibition which toured the UK from 2003 to 2004.