What inspired you to start your work?
My grandmother was a potter and artist and when I was little I would sit at her studio table and made miniature pots for my dolls. I lived in Dunedin for a few years and initially started a creative career in Textiles but when I moved to Christchurch I enrolled in a pottery class and was instantly addicted to mud! I quickly traded most of my looms and yarns in for pottery wheels and clay and haven’t looked back!
Describe your creative space, where you bring to life your work?
After the earthquakes many of our pottery studios didn’t survive, so after shifting around small studio spaces for 3 or 4 years I now have a studio space in the heart of Christchurch, that I created to share with other potters. I teach pottery there too so it is usually a very busy space with lots of ideas and creative discussions over cups of tea. I have 2 kilns, 6 wheels and lots of bench space to cover in pots!
What do you love most about your handmade business?
I love that I can create pots for people to treasure. Ceramics is having a huge revival world wide and it is effecting New Zealand in a phenomenal way. After the introduction of imports in the 80’s many potters had to give up rather than compete with mass production. Now I get to be part of a movement of new thinking, where people want to move away from mass consumerism and invest in locally made goods. It’s a pretty exciting time!
What are you most looking forward to about being at the Auckland Fair?
I’m excited about going to the Auckland fair so that I can meet new customers and see other makers. There is usually a bit of diversity in aesthetics between the North and South Island and I am looking forward to seeing how it manifests itself in other makers work.
What has been your biggest triumph to date?
I’ve been making ceramics for a long time now and while The Busy Finch is my specialist domestic ware range I also create art pieces for installation and for the past 5 years have competed in The World of Wearable Art. In 2013 my sister and I won the supreme WOW award which was pretty thrilling. It was a two part costume celebrating New Zealand which was covered in ceramic coins, feathers, and Huia skulls. I am privileged that the costume is now part of their collection and is travelling the world! Competition work always feeds my everyday products and I think that the lovely greens in my newest collection are inspired by this costume as they are made from locally collected materials and celebrate our landscape.