Steve Fullmer arrived in New Zealand in 1973 on a working holiday. In 1976 he established his own studio and a wood firing kiln in Nelson. His early influences were the studio potters but he soon found the need to create his own aesthetic using coloured slips and alternate firing techniques. His passion was and still is the creation of the shape, the throwing or handbuilding of the piece.
Although Steve’s ceramic artworks have won him numerous accolades including twice winning the Fletcher Challenge Award his domestic ware has become the mainstay of his business. For Steve it is equally important that the bowl we eat from is beautiful and functional. His tableware still carries the unmistakeable Fullmer stamp of ghostly faces, hints of the mysteries of outer space and the strange and whimsical. He loves his work to have the mark of the maker in it, often unglazed surfaces, drips and other signs that this is the work of an individual artist not a machine. For this reason all Steve’s work is handmade and decorated by him.