To find me: The Pottery studio is in the Chicken Run in the back garden of the New House Tanners Lane, off Queens St. There is parking just outside in front of the garage.
About Me: I was inspired to wheel thrown pottery when I first went to Palmerston North Teachers college in New Zealand. The Pottery Department was led by the renowned New Zealand potter Stan Jenkins.
That was 40 years ago! However, in anticipation of my retirement and since then I now have a studio in the back garden in The Chicken Run. The girls are an inspiration and take a keen interest in everything that is going on eagerly wandering into the studio and reluctantly leaving as they are shooed out.
Now, I can once again explore the medium of clay and try out ideas that have come to me over the years.
I work predominantly with stoneware clay as it is strong and will take the heat of the oven and the changes in temperature outside.& I have been able to hone my wheel throwing skills and produce functional ware that is both beautiful and textural with the clever use of glazes.
But my real interest is in following my imagination with hand built work. Chickens of course have been an inspiration as are other animals who take on a personality of their own as they develop and pose in the clay medium. I have thoroughly enjoyed exploring hand built bowls made of coils, dots and textures producing work that is functional and aesthetic. As these take some time to produce each develops uniquely. The glass and glaze is the final touch that brings the work to life.
I also love Raku, which is exciting and magical as each firing is remarkably one of a kind. Raku is so instantaneous and is pure chemistry in action as the glaze firing can be seen in front of your eyes. Using local clay makes me feel more inspired as I have worked hard to remove all the stones and grit and every piece comes straight from the earth beneath my feet.
I have produced commissioned work, individualised and personalised and am always open to challenges.
If you are inspired by what you see and would be keen to visit or purchase any of my work please get in touch.