Kim was born in Golden Bay and grew up in the small seaside settlement of Parapara. The estuary, sea and river evoke fond memories and the abundant wildlife it attracted. My father (John Stark) was a potter at the time and life often revolved around the pottery work shed, a place where she enjoyed making and creating with clay.
After graduating from design school at the Christchurch Polytechnic in 1991 a career in graphic design, structural carton design and sign writing followed. She now lives in West Melton, Canterbury.
After attending pottery classes through the Canterbury Potters’ Association she set up a pottery studio at home in 2009. The hay barn was converted for a workspace and the old horse stables have become a studio gallery. Apart from ceramics Kim also paints with acrylic, mixed media and encaustics (melted beeswax).
"Spontaneity is an important element with my surface design. The use of coloured slip as a decorative medium offers me much flexibility. It can be brushed, slipped trailed or used with stencils. Rather than decorate directly onto the assembled vessel I enjoy the freedom to create imagery on the flat slab, as you would a watercolour or illustration. My preferred technique is print transfer on fabric."