I was born to create!
I have worked in all types of art and craft mediums over the years and refer to myself as a mixed media artist. In May 2016 my artistic life changed when I enrolled on a ceramics course at Northtec in Kerikeri tutored by Richard Parker. I fell in love with clay right away. I love the way it feels, smells and looks. To create art from the earth nurtures my soul and makes me very happy. I continued working in clay after the course and it is now my primary medium.
Handbuilding is my favourite way to create with clay. Pinching and slab work are the techniques I use most often. My ceramic artworks show my love for colour and have a sense of playfulness about them. I have fun creating my art and I want my customers to have fun owning it.
I was born in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1973 and moved to Kerikeri in 2011 after the Christchurch earthquake. In March 2017 I moved down to Whangarei. I am a member of the Whangarei pottery group, The Firebirds. In April I exhibited a selection of my ceramic art in their group exhibition at Reyburn House Gallery.
I use ceramic stains to make coloured clay. This allows me to create and colour my pieces at the same time. I enjoy working spontaneously so using coloured clay works well for me. I also use underglazes and coloured slips to paint my ceramic artworks then finish my pieces off with a clear glaze which protects them and brings out the richness and beauty of the colours.