Sue graduated from Otago Polytech in 1982 after completing a diploma in Fine Arts and a year on the full time ceramics course. She moved to Nelson in 1983 and then spent time travelling and developing her pottery skills. In 1994 she set up her pottery studio in Mariri with her partner Chris Hinkley.
For the first ten years most of Sue’s work was high fired stoneware, fired in a gas kiln with traditional glazes. Changing markets and technology has seen her move to lower fired white clays and brighter colours.
Lately Sue is enjoying a return to high fired clays and glazes, with an emphasis on form over decoration, with simple glazes and texture. Sue has been making pottery for over 25 years. All of her work is based on the wheel and then often hand-finished in a variety of ways. Vases, jugs, teapots and bowls have been her main focus over the last few years.
Wheel thrown work with form and function are a primary focus. Round generous forms and large open bowls, giving a surface for carving, altering and slip trailing, allowing the glaze to break or pool to give interesting surfaces.