A September day in 2003 changed my life forever. I became hooked on clay!
Never having played with clay before, I took my first hand building course and loved it. A few weeks later I became acquainted with the wheel, and that was it. Fifteen years, and hundreds of pots later, I am still enjoying "playing."
I grew up in Yorkshire, England, and emigrated to British Columbia in 1992. Of course I cherish my British heritage, and there are a few things that I miss - like the really good Pubs there - but I have never regretted coming to Canada and count myself very lucky to be here.
Ladner was my first home in BC. The Delta Potters Association in Tsawwassen is where my pottery story starts, and I enjoyed many happy years as a member of the group there.
In 2013 my hubby and I retired and we decided to spread our wings and move to Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island.
We joined the Arrowsmith Potters Guild that is housed in the old train station in Parksville, and are both active members there. I have served on the Board of Directors and have been the secretary, and my hubby teaches wheel throwing from time to time. We also sell our pots in the Train Station Shop.
After a year or so we became members of the Nanaimo Pottery Coop and were invited to become members of the Mid-Island Potters group.
I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to become a potter. It opened the door to a life of challenge and reward, and never-ending "what shall I try next!"