"Two months in Deruta, Italy, gave me new techniques and new possibilities. But after four years of constant productive work I found that the majolica technique that I had developed was too hard on my painting hand. In 1997 we packed a lot of pots away and took a year travelling in Europe. I was taken to Dartington Pottery in Devon by friends who thought that I would be interested in the way they glaze painted on pots there. I was, and spent two months working at Dartington with high temperature stoneware glazes. I returned there seven times, each time producing work that was shared between England and Australia. The majolica work left has mainly remained in storage until now..."