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Please follow the links to Peter's Pottery and Laura's Paintings on the right hand side of this page to see recent work from our studios and pottery and painting in progress.

This 102 year old building has been home and studio to artists, Peter and Laura Gregory, for the last 20 years. Under this roof both pottery and paintings are made.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Passive Smoke, Sharing Tragedy

Later on Sunday the weather changed, and a strong, hot wind blew to near gale force at times, first bringing with it the heat of dry Central Otago, then, by afternoon, the sky thickened, clouds lost their boundaries, touched, joined, and merged into a mantling orange lens. The sun lost its light. Not entirely, but enough to make some of our rooms have a Rembrandt like ambience at 4pm on a summer afternoon. We felt anxious, hot, weighed down by it all, and the temperatures climbed with that ever present gusting wind.

News of killing bush fires in Australia came over the radio through the day. More than 70 dead. A village destroyed. The smoke reaches to us, high in our bit of sky.

We think of our friends and family in Australia, and all those people who we don't know there.

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Waikouaiti, Otago, New Zealand
I live with my wife Laura in an old Post Office building in the South Island of New Zealand. I make pottery, Laura paints, and we try to make a living from our work.