Carolyn began potting in 1974 in Dunedin with the Otago Peninsular Potters, exhibiting at Glenfalloch. From 1979 to 1994 Carolyn potted part time in Auckland becoming a member of the Auckland Studio Potters and the New Zealand Society of Potters. She resumed full time potting in 1995 in Auckland then moved to Marton in 1997. She has exhibited with Auckland Studio Potters, New Zealand Society of Potters and The New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts.
Carolyn’s work over the years has included lifesized dogs and native birds and many animals. Some proceeds of sales have been donated to Department of Conservation projects and to animal shelters.
Carolyn created the Kakapo sculpture for the Ulva Island Trust on Rakiura (Stewart Island) when she also met Don Merton who re-discovered the Kakapo.
From 2004 to 2014 Carolyn’s art celebrated the taonga (treasures) of New Zealand. Few if any artists have more koru spread around the world than Carolyn. She has supplied koru for NZ dignitories and overseas visitors and provided koru sculpture for public awards and corporate awards and trophies in NZ and overseas.
In 2015 Carolyn developed a large series of brightly coloured ceramic flowers and garden art, mostly abstracted from nature. There are many different designs and colours to choose from including the very popular poppy which is also available at the War Memorial Museum in Wellington. Carolyn’s poppies have been taken to Belgium, France, UK, Ireland, US, Canada and Australia.
Carolyn attends many of the major markets and home shows which are listed on the events page.