My life has been focused around pottery since age ten. At that time, I used to play in the pottery at Ardmore Teachers College after school. I’ve continued that play ever since – building a pottery in Wellington around 1960, Featherston in 1966 and at my present Carterton property in 1974. Apart from short periods of travel and catastrophe (the Carterton pottery burned down in 1976), I have been making pots continuously throughout that time. It is a rural living environment and my political inclination towards egalitarianism that has focused all my work towards some sort of utility. My pots are almost always designed to be a part of ordinary domestic living and to be quiet reminders of the natural materials they are made of and the work of the hand that has produced them. The paintings too are about people and the struggles of power, change and understanding that are a continual challenge for us all.