"I saw the old people doing their art, their designs looked great. I was keen to learn to keep our culture going. I hope that future generations will feel the same and keep the culture alive with their art. I feel really good when I am doing my art. I watched Eddie Purantatameri make a pot and I decided to make pots myself.
I like the wheel, it makes me feel good when I do throwing on the wheel. It took me a month to teach myself how to use the kicking wheel. Some of my designs use traditional colours, red, black white and yellow or I just choose the colours I like before I do decoration. Sometimes I paint salt water crocodile design. I paint it because I like crocodile. On the coil vases and small thrown bowls I painted my body painting design (Jilamara) for my skin group. The old people showed me how to paint up like that for ceremony.
"Yirrikapayi (male crocodile) was once a man who lived around Cape Fourcroy, Bathurst Island. They been spear him. He crawled into the water and turned into a crocodile." - Jean Baptiste Apuatimi, 2007