The functional part of my work, such as cups, bowls, jugs and vases, are made of white stoneware clay with a pinch of sand collected from different beaches around New Zealand.

I prepare the clay by wedging a small amount of sand into the clay. I then use different techniques to build my pieces. Cups, jugs and cylindrical vases are wheel thrown, and bowls are moulded on stones.

When the pieces are bone dry, they are bisque fired in an electric kiln at 1000˚C. It takes about 32 hours to heat and cool down. I then sand every piece, and apply glaze before firing them again at 1220˚C.

attaching handle to ceramic cup