Incorporating my love of drawing and developing new glaze effects keeps me excited about ceramics. My work is predominantly hand built tableware for everyday use.
I had never considered myself “artistic”, but I always felt the need to be creative. Over the years I tried many crafts, and although I enjoyed them, nothing really captured and held my interest. When I took my first pottery class, I knew I’d found what I’d been searching for. At the time I was working full time as a shopping centre manager, so it was difficult to find the time for my new hobby. I retired from my job in 2004, and started working on pottery as often as I could. In 2007 I joined Pyromania Pottery, and my life as a full time pottery began!
I love creating functional pieces of pottery….things people will use in their daily lives. I’m inspired by the thought of someone enjoying their morning coffee in one of my handmade mugs because it feels just right in their hand! My work tends to reflect the beautiful nature that surrounds us on Vancouver Island, such as starfish and the Great Blue Heron. I also love teaching classes and sharing my love of pottery with others.
I began my pottery journey by taking a wheel throwing and then a hand-building class at Arrowsmith Potter's Guild in 2010. I was hooked and since then I have been an active volunteer at the Guild. Raku firing is also a technic that I was able to learn at the guild.
Many of my pieces are incorporated with local drift wood and are available for purchase at the Train Station Pottery Shop.
I have been throwing pots for over twenty years. After retiring nine years ago as a music teacher I have had much more time to spend in my pottery studio. And I have had a lot more time to pot these past 14 months with the COVID stay-at-home policies. The pots in my picture show the different techniques that I have been working on during this COVID year as I watched Zoom webinars taught by potters from across North America. From Canada I took Zoom classes from Sarah Pike and Naomi Clement with their unique textures and layered surfaces. From the United States I took Zoom classes with Deb Schwarzkopf on combining thrown and hand built ceramics, Catie Miller with her monoprint colored slip transfers, Lorna Meaden on baskets and lidded jars and Diana Fayt showing her tyvec stencil techniques.
I have been an active member of the Arrowsmith Potters Guild since I joined in 2008. It is nice to be around so many talented potters. I have been on the Board for many of those years and now contribute as the membership coordinator and sell my pottery in the Train Station Pottery Shop.