Kirsten started pottery in the 1990’s within a Co-op of artisan’s on College Hill, Ponsonby. She then moved to Jervois Road in Herne Bay where with potter Harriet Stockman, she worked for a number of years running a pottery studio and shop.
Starting a family, she then moved into children’s illustration, then completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in sculpture at Elam, Auckland University.
Coming full circle, inspired by a bunch of art school friends as “a sort of skills exchange” she started a weekly gathering of artists in her shed at her home and started the Wednesday Night Pottery group from which she has continued to develop her pottery career.
Kirsten's pottery practice focuses on domestic ware which she creates using mid-fired clays in an electric kiln. Her work explores textures, patterns, colours and surface. She is drawn to pottery as a medium, due to it’s tactile, visual and functional purpose.