I obviously had a misspent youth dragging my family around zoos, aquariums and anywhere that I could observe and photograph animals. There is still a lot to learn, both about form and clay, and I love the evolution that happens when you combine them.
The properties that cause clay warp and crack and in response to heat make it my favourite medium to work with. The fact that I can use stamps, images and textures to add a narrative to the surface is an added bonus. I have work in collections around the world and exhibit and teach regularly in New Zealand.
I recently won the premier award in the Waiclay exhibition at the Waikato museum. I have been a potter for over 30 years now and have so much more to learn and pass on to others.