Holley describes his building process: “It can be unforgiving. Mistakes in the pattern compound themselves and can be difficult to dig out. The clay must be specifically dry: too wet and it warps; too dry and it crumbles. It requires a discipline and commitment I’ve not managed anywhere else in life.”
In 2012 Holley was nominated a Finalist for the prestigious RBC Emerging Artist Award hosted by the Gardiner Museum, Canada’s only museum devoted exclusively to ceramic art. His sculpture, Shelter, was purchased for the Gardiner Collection.