Gary was born in London, the UK, in 1958 and immigrated to Australia in 1973. He started working at Courtland’s pottery in 1974 and began his learning’s from Barry and Grenville Courtland.
Courtland’s produced a large range of Terracotta Garden Pottery in its earlier years including salt glazed stoneware. Gary considers himself to be the lucky few to have successfully completed training at Courtland’s. The training helped him to learn the secrets of the family business which have been passed down over the last 160 years in Australia.
“Inspiration comes easily from a rich history of form, texture and color and from just about every culture on earth plus a love and passion for what I do. After all these years I am still like a little kid at Christmas waiting to see the results and surprised from the next kiln load.”
In 1979 Gary started work at Austware pottery and made stoneware until September 1985, when he was asked to be the resident potter at the Old Cheese Factory in Balingup. Over the next three years Gary developed his own style of work. The Old Stables Pottery “My own pottery” was built by Gary in 1989 where a wide range of domestic stoneware and one off pieces were made until 2004. He then decided to move to the hills in Nepal and live with his wife Tara and son James. There he spent time working with potters in remote villages and learning how pots were made using primitive technology, for the last many centuries, “Amazing”.
Gary loves his work and hopes that you will too. On one of his trips back to Australia, Gary spent the summers working at Happs Pottery. In 2010 he moved back to Australia to start again. He is now working from a studio in Capel, Western Australia.
Since January 2015 Gary has been conducting glaze development workshops and is also teaching pottery from his studio in Chandigarh, India.