HOW WERE YOU FIRST INTRODUCED TO THIS TYPE OF WORK/ARTISTIC PRACTICE - AND WHAT DID YOU ENJOY ABOUT YOUR EARLY EXPLORATION OF IT?
First at Secondary School, and then Art School and on through Training College and in turn Art Teaching. I did enjoy it of course, but it's compulsive, and it becomes a way of life.
HOW HAS YOUR WORK/ARTISTIC PRACTICE CHANGED AND DEVELOPED OVER THE YEARS? WHAT FACTORS DO YOU THINK AFFECTED THIS?
In some ways I have become less professional and more driven to create gallery work, whereas in the beginning it was Production Pottery (Planters and Domestic Ware etc.)
PLEASE DESCRIBE WHERE YOU WORK FROM? WHAT DO YOU FIND SPECIAL ABOUT LIVING OUT WEST?
West Auckland. In Huia, in the bush, in a shed. It used to be Production Pottery, now it's more Shed Pottery - Ceramic Work.
WHAT CAN VISITORS EXPECT TO SEE WHEN THEY VISIT YOUR STUDIO DURING OSW?
My work will be displayed at Titirangi alongside and at my daughter's Studio.
NAME YOUR TOP 5 SECRET SPOTS YOU LIKE TO VISIT IN THE WAITAKERE RANGES?
Walks around Huia in the bush and on the beach.
Whatipu and on the road too.
Around the Harbour in my boat from the Manukau Heads back to Cornwallis and Scenic Drive.
Piha to Anawhata and all places nearby.
Photos by: Sarah Allen