I grew up next to the sea in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. Despite the idyllic surroundings, I was always drawn to travel.
I chose French as one of my main school subjects and immediately fell in the love with the culture, harbouring a now-fulfilled dream of living in the french countryside one day.
With a career in IT, I spent most of my 20s and 30s living in or near cites. But like Nik, I share a love of making things and a fascination with how things are made.
From my father, a house and boatbuilder who loved wood, I gained an appreciation of craftsmanship.
From my mother, I inherited the idea that anything was possible. My english born Mother regularly received Woman's Day magazines as a gift from an Aunt still residing in the UK. In the 70s, they were full of recipes and projects for the home, but in a small rural town, we rarely had access to the ingredients or materials they suggested. However, my mother was never fazed and would leap up enthusiastically and put a modified plan into action. Her adaptability has always stuck with me.
I am never happier than when I am constructing something; be it a recipe, a wall or a decoration in pottery or glass. My head is constantly buzzing with more projects than will ever come to fruition in my lifetime but I am content to keep exploring with materials and ideas and sharing that exploration with others.