Otherwise known as the Busy Finch, this local Cantabrian ceramicist work is found in galleries and stores throughout New Zealand. She teaches ceramics through Risingholme adult education as short courses and practical workshop papers for the national Diploma of Ceramic Art, long distance for Otago Polytechnic. Her domestic ware is used in two North Canterbury restaurants, Pegasus Bay & Black Estate.
In 2006, Meharry gave in to an ongoing urge and began pottery night classes. It ignited a passion.
“Within the first few classes, I wanted to do more. I sold all my other art stuff to focus on pottery,” she said. Shortly after the 2011 earthquakes, Meharry launched The Busy Finch, selling wholesale ceramics and running classes.
“Clay is magical, you can shape it into anything. I do a lot of throwing, and when you’re at the wheel it’s quite a meditative space.”
Together with her sister Natasha English, Meharry has twice won the World of Wearable Art (WOW) Supreme award – in 2013 and in this year’s competition. It was the first time the top award had been won twice by the same entrants.