Darryl has been a full time potter/sculptor since the late 1980’s. He grew up in Leigh and travelled to Nelson to study at NMIT in 1989 majoring in ceramics. He has been working as a full-time sculptor/potter ever since. His distinctive style of Anagama wood firing has gained him national and international recognition as well as several awards including a Diploma of Honour from Korea. He has also pursued his passion for large scale multi-media sculpture works, many of which can be found throughout New Zealand in public and private collections including the Wallace Arts Trust.
“For over three decades the process of wood firing ceramics has been the creative touchstone that changed the course of my life. This blending of both historical references and contemporary intellectual values has galvanised the work and my aesthetic vision.
It is an arcane process; a collaborative vision that stirs up elusive and poetic forms through tactile, intuitive inflections and the kilns subtle, broad colour palette.
Artistically, I focus on framing the unpredictable intent on capturing gesture in form; melding abstract expressionist values with Ashen Glazed surfaces to communicate the mysterious sensibilities of nature on fire.”