There's those things/people you stumble across if you're lucky that make you think "oh, I didn't know I was allowed to do that", and gives permission for some Other.
Ceramics is heavy with rules - offers plenty to push against.
My mother encouraged us to do something a little bit illegal everyday. My father's motto was 'If a job's worth doing it's worth doing badly".
I move between looking at loads of things that humans have been making with this stuff beneath our feet and then leave all that and just think -what can I make today? You form a bubble to work within and against. Things that come with inherent funniness, comic clumsiness, organic fecundity... popcorn, mudplops - small explosions; or things that you instinctively want to veer away from ... ( pod forms, autumn poplars, fireside spaniels) - all material to start with.
Paying attention to clay in all it's states, timing, working against gravity, acknowledging that you never have complete control, the phenomena of accident and chance, the dynamics between intention and luck.
You're making a kakariki with it's yellow crown and the glaze runs so you have Bird with Poop on it's Head, instead.
1992-1993 Advanced Studies 3D, Central St
Martins College of Art, London
1990-1992 MA Royal College of Art, Ceramics & Glass
1991 The Lisbon Studio, (AR.CO) Portugal.
Tricia Guild Travel Scholarship, New York.
1987-1990 BA(Hons) Ceramics First Class, Camberwell School of Art, London
1978 Ceramics Certificate, Otago Polytechnic, NZ
2008-2011 P/T Senior Lecturer, Dunedin School of Art
2004-2007 Head of Ceramics/ Lecturer, Dunedin School of Art
1997-2003 Full-time Lecturer BFA, MFA Ceramics, DSA
Wallace Art Awards Jury Award
2013 Changing Threads, Nelson
2013 Dunedin Art Awards.
2013 Man Ray Re-mades, Antarctic Riviera Project Space, Dunedin
2012 ILT Art Awards, Invercargill
2012 Object, Cecil Veda Gallery, Wellington
2012 Wallace Art Awards.
2012 New Souvenirs Gallery 33
2012 Sculpture on the Gulf, Madpanic Collective
2012 Mudplops, Raynor Bros, Wanganui
2012 Portage Ceramics Awards
2011 Wallace Art Award, Finalist, Auckland
2011 Wild Things, RAVE Rotorua.
2011 Slippage, Sculpture on the Peninsula
2011 Whitespace Ceramics Show. Auckland
2011 New Work RH Gallery, Nelson.
2011 Dunedin Art Awards, 2nd Prize
2011 Central Otago Art Award Finalist
2010 Stickier, Temple Gallery, Dunedin*
2010 Scent of Summer, Gallery 33, Wanaka
2010 Sticky, RH Gallery, Woollaston, Mahana, Nelson*
2010 Gold Coast Ceramic Award, Australia
2010 Floriferous, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui*
2010 Putiputi, Hastings City Art Gallery*
2010 Double Vision, Pataka Museum, Wellington*
2010 'Sweet As' Dunedin Public Art Gallery, NZ
2009 More than Looking, Whangarei Art Museum
2009 Lower Life Forms, Mary Newton Gallery, Wellington*
2009 Portage Ceramic Awards, Auckland* Premier Award
2009 Vegetable Sheep Theory, Gallery 33 NZ*
2009 Southern Muster, COCA Christchurch.
2009 Sealink Small Sculpture Award, Merit Award,
2008/9 'Sweet As', Whitespace Gallery, Auckland.
2008 Wallace Art Award Finalist *
2008 Portage Ceramic Award, NZ, Merit Award
2008 MINO International Ceramics, Japan
2008 Anthony Harper Contemporary Art Award, COCA,
2008 Magic of Mud, Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt
2008 Best In Show, Craft Victoria, Melbourne
2007 Wallace Art Awards, Finalist, Auckland
2006 Sidney Myer International Ceramics Award,
2006 Wallace Art Awards, Auckland
2005 Norsewear Art Awards, NZ
Portage Ceramics Award, Auckland.
Gold Coast Ceramics Award, Australia
* collaborative work with Philip Jarvis
Creative New Zealand, New Work*
2011 CNZ/DOC Wild Creations*
2009 Creative New Zealand, New Work*
2004 Creative New Zealand, Creative and Professional
1996 Creative New Zealand, Creative and Professional
Dunedin Art Award, 2nd prize.
2009 Portage Ceramic Award, Joint Premier Award*
2009 Merit Award, Sealink Small Sculpture Prize,
2004 Merit Award, Norsewear Art Award*
Merit Award, Waiheke Ceramic Awards, NZ*
2003 Gold Coast International Ceramics Acquisition Award*
2000 Premier Award, Sidney Myer International Ceramics*
Lochmara Lodge Artist Residency, Marlborough.
2011 Wild Creations, DOC/CNZ Rotorua Lakes, NZ
2009 Sturt Craft Centre, Mittagong, NSW, Australia*
2004 AIR-Vallauris, Vallauris, France*
1997 Millay Colony for the Arts, New York State, USA*
1996 EKWC, s'Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
Te Papa Museum, Wellington, NZ*
A.I.R Vallauris, France
Museum het Princessehof, Leeuwarden,The Netherlands
Frans Hals Museum, The Netherlands
Shepparton Art Gallery, Australia
Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, NZ
Otago Museum, Dunedin , Auckland Museum ,NZ
News NZ, Summer
2000 Ten Thousand years of Pottery, Emmanuel Cooper,
British Museum Press
1998 One Hundred New Zealand Craft Artists, Helen Schamroth
Ceramics: Art and Perception, Issues 47,52, 70.
Ceramics Technical, Issues 13, 14.
2000 Ceramics Monthly, November