Carolyn began potting in 1974 in Dunedin with the Otago Peninsular Potters, exhibiting at Glenfalloch. From 1979 to 1990 Carolyn potted part time in Auckland becoming a member of the Auckland Studio Potters and the New Zealand Society of Potters. She resumed full time potting in 1995 in Auckland then moved to Marton in 1997. She has exhibited with Auckland Studio Potters, New Zealand Society of Potters and The New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts.
Carolyn's work over the years has included lifesized dogs and native birds. Some proceeds of sales have been donated to Department of Conservation projects and to animal shelters. Since 2004 Carolyn's art celebrates the taonga (treasures) of New Zealand. For several years she has had a strong affinity for the koru: "Besides being a wonderful form in nature its meaning for New Zealanders grows stronger by the day. Most of my work consists of free-standing sculptural koru".
"Next to the koru as an art-form I am passionate about preserving our native birds. "I was very pleased to be able to give a Kakapo sculpture to the Ulva Island Trust on Rakiura (Stewart Island) and I was even more pleased to see Don Merton* feeding Sirocco, a real live Kakapo".
In the last five years demand for various koru designs has exploded, both among New Zealand residents and among our tourists from all around the world.
No artist has more koru spread around the world than Carolyn. Carolyn's trademark has become "Whakanuia Ki Te Koru", which means celebrate with a koru. In New Zealand there is no more fitting object than the koru to celebrate with. The koru is the reprentation of growth and energy and the renewal of life. This makes the koru a perfect gift for weddings, births, re-unions, birthdays, Christmas and the new year. It is a perfect "corporate" gift too and Carolyn's koru are used to recognise achievements, as awards, as gifts for overseas dignitories and to welcome people into a new home.