Gary was born in London, the UK, in 1958 and immigrated to Australia in 1973. He started working at Courtland’s pottery in 1974 and began his learning’s from Barry and Grenville Courtland.
Courtland’s produced a large range of Terracotta Garden Pottery in its earlier years including salt glazed stoneware. Gary considers himself to be the lucky few to have successfully completed training at Courtland’s. The training helped him to learn the secrets of the family business which have been passed down over the last 160 years in Australia.
"Inspiration comes easily from a rich history of form, texture and color and from just about every culture on earth plus a love and passion for what I do. After all these years I am still like a little kid at Christmas waiting to see the results and surprised from the next kiln load."
In 1979 Gary started work at Austware pottery and made stoneware until September 1985, when he was asked to be the resident potter at the Old Cheese Factory in Balingup.