Bored with the white clay I was using, I collected sand from six beaches around Wellington, to explore the different effects they may have in the stoneware clay that I use. Each cup only had a small pinch of sand, yet the effect was quite dramatically different from one beach to another.
The set of cups won an award at Ceramicus in 2017 and inspired further explorations with sand. Stored in jam tubs, my collection has expanded to include samples from beaches all around the New Zealand coastline. I use it as a natural, subtle colour palette while enjoying the connection to the place where the sand was collected.