Born and raised in Auckland, in 1961, Brendan has been working with clay full- time since 1987. He has a diploma in Fine Arts from Otago Polytechnic (1983) New Zealand, where he majored in painting.
Brendan has amassed a large following of clientele who appreciate his fine New Zealand ceramics and creative and unusual sculpture. More recently his contemporary sculpture has seen him combine other materials with the ceramics such as steel, brass, aluminum and wood. His work has been exhibited throughout New Zealand in major competitions and exhibitions where he has won several awards, and is represented in the Auckland Museum, James Wallace and regional collections. Brendan has taught Sculpture and Design at Unitec and at the Auckland Studio Potters Society. In 2021 he moved from Point Chevalier Studio and gallery to Matakana.
“I have been making a living from my craft for the last 35 years. I trained as a painter and it was colour and all the possibilities of form and texture that attracted me to ceramics, and I am still stuck in the mud! One of the great things about clay is that there never seems to be an end to what you can do with it. As someone who likes to muck around with lots of ideas, clay has been the perfect partner in crime. I really do feel I have only just started.”