Meet the Team

KEIRAN RICE

Kieran leads the charge as our General Manager, with a background in engineering he started working at Morris & James over seven years ago. Pictured left (next to Ant Morris, who retired in 2009). 

MIKE ROSE

Our Technical Manager, Mike has a rich background in ceramic technologies in NZ and abroad. A true alchemist he is our glaze and kiln specialist. Mike has been with Morris & James since 1985.

IAN FOOTE

Ian is our Head Potter and started working with Ant Morris' in 1989. A true artisan, he's honed his craft over many years making Morris & James pots. Look out for Ian's one-off creations.

JESSE FOOTE

Carrying on a family legacy, Jesse is a skilled potter, trained by his dad Ian Foote. Jesse is an integral part of the potter's team, hand-throwing pots, spray-glazing and loading the kiln cars.

SANDY STEVENSON

Sandy has been with Morris & James since 1994, and is in charge of creating all of our flatwares, such as follies, tiles and bakeware. She loves creating new designs for customers.

JAC CONNELLY

Our Glaze Artist Jacs has been with Morris & James for over 20 years. Primarily working on developing new glaze designs, Jacs has developed a distinctive style in applying layers of slip glazes.

KAREN GRAY

Karen works with the Hand Decoration production team. NZ nature and the bush inspire Karen, and she also loves creating new affects by experimenting with glazes combinations. 

YOKO HOLDER

Yoko has been a Hand Decorator at Morris & James since 2002, having moved to Snells Beach 18 years ago. She previously lived in Kyoto, Japan, specializing as a clothing designer.


YUKA LUDOLPH

Originally from Osaka, Japan, Yuka (pictured right) works in our Hand Deco team. With a passion for creativity, Yuka previously worked as a chef, and selling her own crochet works at the Matakana markets. 


FRANCISCA LEPELEY ORTIZ

Previously a teacher, Fran recently joined the Morris & James team as a Hand Decorator. She loves working with the Hand Deco team and creating beautiful objects for a job.


DIANNE REDMOND

Dianne worked with Ant Morris for four years doing glass sculptures before heading to university to complete her Masters in Psychology. She has recently returned to the Morris & James team as a Hand Decorator.

PAUL BAKER

Paul is our most experienced spray glazer of pots, a specialized skill that requires a deft hand and thorough understanding of various glaze formulas. He's been with Morris & James for 17 years. 

GEORGE STEEL

George is our Dispatch department and ensures all pots are packaged so they'll arrive to your door in one piece. He also keeps an eye on product levels so we can make sure we make enough of all your favourite pots.

ROWAN HALKYARD-MILLS

Rowan is our Showroom Manager, who also provides input into new designs and showroom displays with the team. Visit Morris & James over Easter and you'll get to meet her cute bunny Waffle. 

SUSAN STRASSNICK

Sue is our key showroom assistant. With a background in floristry, Sue puts together beautiful displays of our pots and ceramics, and ensures the showroom is in tip top shape. 


NICK CHARLTON

Nick is Head of Design at Morris & James, an Elam graduate and also works as a Senior Lecturer in Design & Innovation at AUT.

DEBY McKERR

Deby is Sales Manager at Morris & James, managing all online sales, enquiries and bookings for the Morris & James experience. 


LEANNE KNIGHT

Leanne is Mother Bear at Morris & James. She looks after our accounting, and having worked at Morris & James for 8 years, her administration experience underpins the daily running of the organisation.


AMANDA PENTON

Amanda is the Morris & James marketing manager, who has been with the company since May 2015. She looks after all communications, is the voice behind our social media, and also provides input into design of new ranges.