Welcome to Cafe Australasia ! We are honoured to have you despite your geographic location being somewhat distant. It sounds as if you left a part of yourself at our place anyway! Did you happen to visit Barry Brickell's pottery in the Coromandel while you were in NZ? It's an inspirational place.
Best wishes, Janine
ps for some reason I couldn't view the msg you sent to our group? When I clicked on the link from my email it went to the group page but your msg wasn't there, not sure why sorry.
I know your work, and it's very beautiful... we are honored to have you join us. I'd love to know more about your friend and the connections that brought you to find us.
I'd also be fascinated to see us follow up on some of the ideas your profile responses suggest - about how art contributes to the wealth of a community, and what kind of an influence it can have on community life. In my experience art can make a powerful difference in our collective lives in so many ways - whether you are an artist yourself or are "just" experiencing it.