There was a time when mud fascinated me. Mud pies lined up in the sun decorated with stones and petals. I guess it is only natural clay became my medium. Happy when covered in clay. Happy when the clay moves in a new way.
Yes, pottery is both art and science for me.
Art, in the process of creating with the elements of earth, water and fire: science, the manipulation of these elements. Art, in the exploration of form and appreciation of the aesthetics: science, the strength and function of a piece of work.
The making of pottery is physical and spiritual, requiring strength, gentle touch and engendering an inner peace.
I first took a class after high school , a gift for my mother. My mother loved pottery but not the making – I loved it all. Moving to Penticton in 1978 provided me with a wonderful opportunity to spend time at the wheel and build skills. Leir House had a small studio in the basement, the future home of the Penticton Potters Guild. I had the opportunity to take classes, learn about all aspects of the craft and most importantly meet and interact with other potters. Soon I had a kick wheel in my laundry room. I have continued to take classes, participate in workshops and have spent summers at the Metchosin School of the Arts. My kickwheel long ago seized up – now I have a fully equipped modern studio.
My love of clay is matched with my passion for teaching. That magical creative energy generated between the learner and the teacher. The delight in the moment when a new skill or understanding occurs still enthralls.
I have a Masters of Arts degree with a specialty in special education. I have more than 20 years teaching students of all ages: adapting and enriching the learning experience.
I am a member South Vancouver Island Potters’ Guild. My work has been shown at the Lighthouse Gallery in Victoria and Fandango in Sidney. I show my work in my own studio and at various shows.
I have been Artist in Residence at Lochside and Prospect Lake Schools in Saanich . For a number of years I had my wheel setup in the lobby of the Grand Pacific Hotel.
I am an instructor at Cedar Hill Ceramic Studio and Westshore Pottery Studio.
I use stoneware and porcelain clays which are fired to cone 6.
My glazes are lead free and foodsafe.
My studio and showroom are located in my home in Victoria, British Columbia.
Mud still fascinates!