This Auckland-based ceramic artist is a self-professed pottery nerd

Sacha McNeil meets an Auckland potter who found harmony and a path through grief by changing the way she worked.

Expert potters are like Jedi masters. Controlled, disciplined, with an aptitude for staring down challenges with no more than a muttered swear word. Making a single ceramic piece is a precise and lengthy process. Throughout every step, something can go wrong. But it can also go very right.

“Pottery is like a metaphor for life,” I suggest to one of Auckland’s finest ceramic artists, Fiona Mackay.

“Yes, it’s so true,” she replies. “At every stage you can stuff it up. Some days you just think, ‘I’m useless, I’m a terrible potter, everything has gone wrong!’ Right at the very end, when you lift that lid…

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