After 24 years we have moved from Pt Chev and are now setting up a new studio that we hope to have running early 2022. Meanwhile we still have work in these galleries.
In 1987 Brendan started working in clay with 2 collegues he meet at Otago Polytech where he majored in painting. With Bruce Haliday and Sue Newby he learnt how to slipcast.
In 1988 he opened up a shop called “Out of the Blue” with his partner Kathryn Adams. Together they made a living from their pottery. In 1995 they again met up with Bruce and Sue and open “Out of the Blue Workshops”, which they ran together for 3 years. After buying a house in Pt Chev there was a strong attraction to setting up the studio at home where they could bring up their two children, Sam and Kim.
In 2013 they opened Front Room Gallery where along with Brendan’s work they enjoyed having exhibitions of invited potters.
In 2021, after working in their studio in Pt Chev for 24 years they have moved to Matakana where they are currently setting up a new pottery studio.
Brendan is the creative person in the partnership he says
“I have been making a living from my craft since 1988. I trained as a painter and it was colour and all the possibilities of form and texture that attracted me to ceramics, and I am still stuck in the mud! One of the great things about clay is that there never seems to be an end to what you can do with it. As someone who likes to muck around with lots of ideas, clay has been the perfect partner in crime. I really do feel I have only just started.”
Brendan has amassed a large following of clientele who appreciate his fine New Zealand ceramics and creative and unusual sculpture. More recently his contemporary sculpture has seen him combine other materials with the ceramics such as steel, brass, aluminium and wood. His work has been exhibited throughout New Zealand in major competitions and exhibitions where he has won several awards, and is represented in the Auckland Museum, James Wallace and regional collections. Brendan has taught Sculpture and Design at Unitec and at the Auckland Studio Potters Society.