Mackenzie and his wife left the United States to study ceramics with the British potter Bernard Leach in St Ives, Cornwall. While in Cornwall, they met the artist Peter Lanyon. These prints were made after Lanyon asked Mackenzie to teach him silk screen techniques. 'I knew silk screening from school and my army work and we set up a studio in the space above what was then the Leach Pottery showroom,' Mackenzie explained. Their abstract grid structure and use of primary colour is influenced by the paintings of Mondrian. Mackenzie returned to the United States to establish his own pottery studio in 1952.