I was first introduced to pottery in 1974, while half way through an architecture course at WAIT (now Curtin University) in Perth W.A. Immediately I decided that this was what I wanted to pursue. Although completing my architectural qualifications I continued to follow my passion for pottery and also graduated with a BA Design (Ceramics) in 1979.
Since then I have pursued my interests in pottery in my own workshop and through travels, particularly in Europe and the U.S. and Canada. I spent a period working with Svend Bayer in England in 1992 and have recently done a 3 month residency in Minnesota, U.S.
I have taught pottery at tertiary level in Perth for 25 years while developing my own ideas and maintaining a steady production of work for exhibitions. In June 2010 I returned to working full time in my workshop at Hovea.
My work is represented in the Art Gallery of WA, the Queensland Art Gallery and many other private collections
I established Hovea Pottery in 1980, adjacent to my home, using second hand bricks and recycled ‘Oregon’ trusses. My wife and I chose the area for its natural beauty, access to the city and the space that it gave me for establishing a pottery workshop and kilns.
Hovea Pottery is situated in a beautiful valley, 25 kilometres east of Perth. Hovea is a small semi rural area, adjacent to the eastern border of John Forrest National Park. It is a forested and hilly area, rich in resources for the potter.
Since 1985 I have concentrated on wood fired and salt glazed pottery using a variety of kilns. There is a small gallery area within the workshop and visitors are welcome by appointment.
I am still fascinated by the nature of the clay surface when stretched, the subtle textures and changes that occur. I intend to continue exploring these possibilities, with particular emphasis on using the materials available locally.