|Who is David Dennis?|
I am in my early 50's. .
I moved to Australia with my parents as a 13 year old. Prior to this we had also lived in Papua New Guinea. I have been back in New Zealand for about 14 years.
Whilst having worked in many different areas, I was basically unskilled and I had no idea of where I was going, what I wanted out of life etc. I was given the opportunity to stop. To look at life, who I was as a person, what what my life was up to that point, whether I was happy/unhappy, what I wanted or expected from life. I began to gain new skills and a sense of worth.
Looking back at my childhood I can see that I was always (how do you say it) 'arty'. I took drawing classes, sang lots. I was involved in Oliver and other productions with the Whangarei Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (WAODS). I made my professional stage debut at 10 in a Mercury Theatre production of 'The Wizard of Oz'. Moving to Papua New Guinea put an end to all that. Though I had been singing to my friends and, on the whole all my life, I had never followed what it appears to me are basic personal skills or Heaven sent abilities.
Prior to leaving Australia I had the opportunity for the first time since childhood to follow these areas of interest. I completed a two year fulltime Diploma of Arts (Ceramics) and I spent three years singing in a band. Doing these things made me feel rounded as a person, convinced me that I am good at something (innately if that is possible); and I enjoyed it. The band performed numerous concerts and I have continued to sing when able.
In 2002 while studying a one year 'Foundation Arts' course at UCOL to continue to increase my skills I also ran a small pottery business called Fine Art Ceramics. The designs for the mainly garden ornaments came from my Uncle, an artist in his own right. The items created by him were then cast in plaster and we made products by slipcasting. However I could not make product at prices to compete with the increasing imports from China and other places, so unfortunately the business folded. From that point on I managed motels and was involved in residential property management. I spent some Saturdays at the Auckland Potters Society facility in Onehunga and threw some pots, mainly platters and large bowls. I sing when I can at church and have been involved with local theatre and operatic societies.
I have always preferred working in Stoneware and I love the Nelson GB2 Stoneware (1300 degrees C) which makes throwing things like Blossom Jars much easier, it also has a beautiful appearance. Prior to being able to buy pre-packaged glazes I did months of glaze tests in Copper Red and Chun mainly tryng to achieve an oxblood red colour. These glazes are fired in reduction in (generally) gas kilns. I also spent some time experiementing with midfire (1100 - 1200 degrees C) which creates hard pottery but does not require the extra energy (and cost) associated with higher temperatures. In recent times without a wheel I have, when the desire to play with clay has come along, simply hand built mainly small bowls and platters.
I currently work in Internet Marketing and manage a small copywriting business. There is little else to say. This site is really just a way to show some of the pottery I have made. I hope that you find it of interest.
I do intend at some time soon to return to making pottery however I find the cost of clay and materials and firing generally prohibitive. I also really need somewhere I can be permanently so need to work towards buying some land somewhere - however as always for most of us - money is the issue. If you have some extra and want to throw it my way - feel free :)
My brother Peter, his wife Kathy and I at Fox Glacier
Email Me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
© David Dennis 2015