Artist - Lynn and Mike Spencer
Lynn and Mike Spencer are Taranaki based and have been making pottery full time since 1973 and have always made functional work. Their kitchenware and tableware is their own interpretation of many traditional forms and making methods, mostly thrown, but also including press-moulding and hand-building. Their work has developed and changed slowly over the years.
Lynn and Mike have always made stoneware pottery. Several early kilns were diesel fired. In 1983 they built a large two-chambered wood-fired kiln which takes around 26+ hours to fire. Reluctantly the pair had to stop firing the wood kiln but it still remains the large gentle giant waiting to be reused at some time in the future - if anyone is strong, young and enthusiastic enough to do it!
Since 2006 Lynn and Mike have been working with white stoneware and translucent porcelain fired in an electric kiln and they continue to make a large range of tableware.
"We try to produce work that is unique to us as makers but which nevertheless fits 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."