The talent of Peter Wallace emerged long before he left boarding school in New South Wales in the early 1970s.
Leaving the lights off in the school pottery to avoid prefects on the prowl for those avoiding homework, Peter spent night after night practising his new craft.
A teacher, Michael Conlon, spotted his potential and so arranged for the lad to skip military cadet training on Friday afternoons to spend his time turning a wheel rather than left and right on a parade ground.
Back in his home town of Broken Hill for his final years of schooling, Peter Wallace built one of the first gas kilns ever seen in that remote mining centre.
There were no natural clays in the area but one of the minerals mined there, zinc, was later to become an essential element in the production of the exquisite crystalline glazes that have since become his professional trademark.