"The Company of Potters: Ian Smail and the Nodsdale Kilns, 1973-1984 starts with Ian Smail, a potter who learned his craft at night school in 1972 and '73. By the time he left Auckland in 1984, Smail was an admired and skilled member of the pottery community. It is also about the other potters like Warren Tippett and Nick Waterson who worked at Nodsdale, and potters like Chester Nealie, Bronwynne Cornish, Len Castle and Denis O'Connor who fired their works in the Nodsdale kilns. This is a craft history about makers, materials, techniques and aesthetics. But as the title suggests, The Company of Potters is also an opportunity to consider the networks and relationships that supported the craft scene in Aotearoa during this period."
- Damian Skinner, excerpt from introduction.