I live in the Waitakere Ranges in West Auckland. The bush, the coastline and beaches in this environment have a major influence on the pots I make. I have also been influenced by the simple elegant pots made in 13th century China during the Sung Dynasty.
Porcelain is my clay of choice. It has qualities that appeal to my senses - its purity enhances the colour clarity in glazes and its translucency adds mystery in different lighting situations. My pots generally are based on the traditional vessel form.
Bowls, boxes, vases and bottles are the pots I like to make. I use a variety of techniques - wheelwork, press moulds, slabs and slip casting. Patterns are carved, imprinted and pierced onto the surface when leatherhard and bisqued when dry. Pots are then glazed in a matt-white effect and airbrushed with oxide washes before electric firing to 1260 degrees Celsius.
I use lustres on a satin-finish glaze on some of my pots for other decorative effects.
I also recycle the fragments of my unsuccessful and broken pots to make mosaic mirror frames.
My work is currently available at :
Northland: Smashed Pipi Gallery, Mangawhai. http://www.smashedpipi.co.nz
Gallery Helena Bay, Helena Bay, Northland. http://www.galleryhelenabay.co.nz
Auckland: Craftworld, Westgate Plaza, West Auckland. http://www.craftworld.co.nz
The Elephant House, 237 Parnell Road, Auckland
Corban Estate Arts Centre, Henderson, West Auckland. http://www.ceac.org.nz
West Coast Gallery, Piha, West Auckland. http://www.westcoastgallery.co.nz
The Riverhead Gallery, Riverhead-Coatesville Highway, West Auckland.
Eden Room Crafts, Parr's Cross Road, Oratia, West Auckland.
Queenstown: Vesta Design Store, Williams Cottage, Marine Parade, Queenstown
Telephone: 09 814 9701
Other websites: www.nzpotters.com