This ‘Makers’ project, which is primarily a series of personal works for me, begins with Katherine Smyth. She became something of a muse for me at the end of last year. Katherine is one of Wellington’s most beloved ceramic artists, and both her commercial work - the things she makes for domestic use, and her fine art works (some of which exist in Te Papa’s collection) are beautiful for their delicate, organic feeling. I spent a series of days with Katherine, learning about and photographing the process she goes through to make pieces for sale and for exhibition. She is an incredibly hard worker, and her deftness with the clay is a wonderful thing to watch. In this time, we shared so much of our lives with each other, and I came away feeling such inspiration, and passion for the creative process. I will be eternally grateful for her willingness to be a part of this journey.