How long have you been creating? Has it always been in this medium?
We have been potting full-time since 1973. For many years, we fired with wood, enjoying the subtle effects of the flame and ash on the work; more recently we have been making high-fired white stoneware and porcelain fired in an electric kiln, with a range of clear intense colours.
Who taught you or how did you learn your craft?
We had a few night-class lessons when we were living in Montreal in the late sixties; otherwise we are self-taught, partly from reading, mostly from trial and error and experience.
Have you passed your techniques onto others?
We haven’t done much teaching—so the answer is probably no.
If you weren’t creating your art works what would you be doing?
Our other great love is gardening, especially inspired by New Zealand plants, and much time spent tramping in the bush and mountains. In another life, we would have liked to have been botanists or geologists.
Is there a specific piece you have created that is dearest to you heart? If so, why?
No, it’s all part of the same continuum: we want to produce work that is unique to us as makers, but we nevertheless want it to fit within the continuing collective development of functional pottery, and therefore to encourage the use and enjoyment of hand-made pottery as a daily part of people’s lives.