I was born in Te Awamutu in the North Island of New Zealand and then grew up in the South Island. My first memory of clay is as a young boy, finding some when my father was digging out steps in a bank down at the bottom of our property in Nelson. I made my first pots then and have been obsessed by clay ever since. I graduated from Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, in 1976 with a Diploma in Fine and Applied Arts with Distinction in Design and Sculpture and a Certificate in Ceramics. Attracted by the landscape and lifestyle, I moved back to the West Coast, where I had spent my high school years, and built a studio and kilns at Kaniere, east of Hokitika where I have chosen to live and work. I live in the house I built with my wife, Jan, and until recently, daughters Kate and Georgia who have now left home.