Debra Powell | BIO < back to artists

Clay has been sticking to Debra (quite literally) since landing her very first job with Hereford Fine China in the 1980's.  She went on to study art & design and was later involved with artist co-operative ventures - "Where the Wild Things Are" and "Left makers Collective".

For a while she was lost in the fantastical wilds of academia & emerged with degrees in NZ history & a doctorate in crime history & homicide studies.  Through it all has been a deep fascination with narrative & the significance of stories in the way we experience & make sense of the things around us.

Recent clay work, made under the name "Little Betty"continues to mine this narrative thread.  Betty's voice is deliberately a small and quiet one.  Her stories are of the gentle and curious variety, told with an introspective sense of humour.