Your local New Zealand artist Chrissy Purdom

Before moving to Omaha Beach in 2000, Chrissy had been a potter for over 25 years and lived in a few places during that time including a home that she and her father built in Ohaeawai in the Far North for 10 of those years.

In 2002 she set up Omaha Living, in Omaha Beach just before the causeway with fellow potter Mark Brockie as a place to showcase their own  pottery, furniture, sculptures and paintings.

After a few years the business had changed and grown so she had a break from pottery to manage running the busy Omaha Living store which had now grown to be a successful homeware, fashion & gift store. 

In around 2010 Chrissy relocated the business to the Omaha Beach group of shops, a much smaller store but a more easily manageable size.

Unfortunately, in January 2019 she had to give up her shop not long after twice having major heart surgery.

After taking some time out to recover, she returned to her earlier passion of working with clay.

 She soon found that a lot of things had changed over the years but fortunately the basics hadn't.

 Having to re-start her body, adapt to new clays and develop new glazes were some of the unexpected adjustments she had to make. Chrissy had purchased a new kiln back in 2015 but not had an opportunity to use it, so she was very excited to have it finally wired up and operating.

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On the base of each of her work she personally signs it Chrissy NZ and if there is enough room she adds the very important Aotearoa.

 At the start of 2024 Chrissy is no longer throwing on the pottery wheel and instead will now use her hand-building technique to produce her range of platters and plates when time allows.

2024 has also seen Chrissy start to paint again on canvas using her favourite medium of acrylic paint. This she is enjoying and is hoping to continue doing so for some time yet.

If you would like to get in touch you can contact Chrissy via the Contact page.

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