I have always been interested in Art and classical shapes, and had the opportunity to pursue my search when we moved to Victoria in 1992, and I left my first career as a nurse to become a potter.
I discovered clay at a local community center pottery studio, and have since taken many pottery courses at the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts, Potters Guild Workshops, and with many local potter groups.
The rhythm of making pots on a moving wheel and feeling a ball of clay suddenly transformed into a beautiful shape is a joy to me. When one of my pots dries to what we call “leather-hard stage,” carving a design on it is pure pleasure. I think I am a compulsive carver.
I also enjoy creating pit-fired pots, which are fired in sawdust in an outdoor kiln in my garden. Ferns are wrapped tightly around the pot, and during the firing a smoky image is deposited by carbon transfer on to the pot leaving a beautiful design. Most of my pottery has been inspired by the beauty of the West Coast and have carved leaf designs with a forest green glaze.
I am a member of the South Vancouver Island Potters Guild, (past Librarian, Archivist, and Secretary ), and belong to the Garden City Potters Group. In past years, I was one of the five Potters who formed the group called “Clay by Design”.
There is a very special Fellowship among the Potters of Victoria, which I greatly value.