Sand has become a meaningful way of decorating my ceramic pieces.

It started with a set of ‘research cups’. I collected sand from six beaches around Wellington, fascinated by the different effects they had on the stoneware clay that I use when fired. Each cup only had a couple of grams 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 my natural, subtle colour palette while enjoying the connection to the place where the sand was collected.