What inspires your art practice?
I am interested in aspects of the real, the handmade and a sense of place and relationship to the natural environment. With the ideal of sustainability and using materials close at hand, I dig and process clay from nearby pits, using fallen timber as fuel to fire a high temperature smokeless kiln. I have always had an afinity for the art, symbology and patterns of indigenous and ancient cultures.
What materials do you work in?
I work with a variety of naturally occurring local clays prepared in my workshop and fired to either stoneware or terracotta temperatures. This usually involves the use of glazes developed over many years.
Briefly describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2018.
This work consists of three totem like columns rising as separate stacked pieces to varying heights of about three metres. They are made from fired terracotta clay with coloured patterns added by the use of ceramic engobes. My fascination with the art of indigenous and ancient cultures are present here and the idea of overlap and use of same and common symbols by cultures unrelated through time and location.
Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZ Sculpture OnShore?
Portage Trust Collection, Whangarei Art Museum, Shanghai Craft Museum. James Wallace Trust. Australasian Collection. Fuping China.
Where did you study?
Wellington School of Design