I am a vessel maker: whether thrown and altered or handbuilt using slab, or pinch-and –coil, each form is based on a vessel .
My interest in low-fired techniques began about 20 years ago with the Raku process: The exposure to wood ash and then smoke from the reduction creates the random colours on the glazed surfaces, and in some cases natural lustres as well. Other chemicals in the glazes also affect the colour and produce the texture.
I am now using slips and glazes to achieve the final surfaces.
After many years mainly making Raku Pottery, I have just rebuilt my wood-fired kiln to reach higher temperatures, and am enjoying exploring new glazes and slips to give finishes in the range above 1200 degrees centigrade.
I mostly like to achieve the freedom of the flame on the pot rather than the rigidity of applied decoration, hence my chosen methods of firing using mainly wood as fuel.
My domesticware was previously fired in my diesel kiln, but I have enjoyed the experience of soda/salt -firing at Auckland Studio Potters over the last few years.There is much satisfaction in making good, functioning domestic pieces that are beautiful as well as a pleasure to use.
I show a selection of work at:
Depot Artspace, 28 Clarence St Devonport. www.depotartspace.co.nz The Weka Room, Estuary Arts Centre, Orewa. www.estuaryarts.org
Mairangi Arts Centre Hastings Rd., Mairangi Bay www.mairangiarts.co.nz
Art of This World Shop 1 10 Victoria Rd Devonport www.artofthisworld.co.nz
Waiheke Community Art Gallery, 2 Korora Road, Oneroa, Waiheke Island
ph (09) 3729970 www.waihekeartgallery.org.nz
I am also a tutor at Auckland Studio Potters Teaching Centre Captain Springs Rd., Te Papapa where I have a small display of work for sale.I am available for weekend schools, demonstrations, and individual pottery tuition.
Phone: (09) 4105396
Address: 24 Merriefield Ave.,
Links: www.ceramics.co.nz www.nzpotters.com