Vaughan started VN Ceramics upon moving to New Zealand some 20 years ago. Having studied pottery in South Africa under friend and world-renowned potter Andrew Walford, he has continued to develop his own unique style over the last 40 years.
His style is heavily influenced by his international exposure, and takes elements of traditional Japanese ceramics and combines it with African and Pacific influences. Sourcing clay from New Zealand where ever possible, his pieces are firmly grounded to Aotearoa.
Although a full-time psychologist (some of the time), Vaughan makes pottery on his days off from his pottery studio and fires his own work onsite in a reduction fired gas kiln.
Vaughan loves to create one-of-a-kind pottery collections, each with their own unique style. Get in touch with him to discuss a custom collection of your own. Draw influence from one of his previous collections, or show him something you like and you’ll get rare, unique pottery pieces of your own.
Learn more about the VN Ceramics studio and the pottery making process.
A WORD FROM THE POTTER
I am currently producing functional stoneware pottery and sculptures in a reduction-fired gas kiln. I identify myself with the oriental stoneware tradition best expressed in the work of Shoji Hamada, Bernard Leach and my own mentor from South Africa, Andrew Walford.
I began pottery in South Africa in the early 1980s with the significant support and encouragement of Andrew Walford. I have recently started again after a break of 15 years. This rediscovery has been deeply satisfying in spite of the inevitable mishaps and having to relearn old skills.
It is really good to do something completely different to that which dominates day to day work life. Working with clay provides a tactile, practical and creative alternative to a thought and conversation orientated “other” life.
I like the unpredictable and interesting textures of reduction firing. l want the colours and textures of the clays to be visible and make this an important part of each piece. There is no mistaking that the pottery pieces result from the manipulation of earth, fire, water and air; something begun by our earliest ancestors.
I start out intending to make another of something that I am satisfied with but the pieces soon change and evolve into something slightly or significantly different. The craft becomes creative. The pottery sometimes shapes the potter.
What People Say
My husband and I commissioned Vaughan to create a new set of dishes for us last year (2019). He was just great to work with. He clarified with us what colours and styles we liked best and then set out to create something that we would love. He kept us in the loop during the creation process (it IS art, after all) and ensured we were happy with the sample he created.
The end result was just awesome. We now have a beautiful, unique set of dishes – each one its own unique piece of art. Thank you, Vaughan.Jennifer M.
I have always loved pottery, both as a decorative as well as a functional art. I have loved it for its warmth, form, glaze – texture; but the pottery that I have loved most has been aimed at something illusive – the perfect piece. That is Vaughan’s aim; and that is why I love his vases, soup bowls, dragonflies and mosquitoes – each as lovely as the other.Fred & Pat S.
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