About

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Artist's Statement

I live on the beautiful Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. The sights and sounds of nature that surround us in this wonderful place where the mountains meet the sea became my inspiration to create. My pottery is colorful, fun and often whimsical. Each piece is hand built and unique. Most of my pottery is functional. Since I love to cook, many of my pieces are for the table. Food is so much more enjoyable when eaten or served from a piece that was lovingly handmade than if it is mass produced.

I once heard that we eat with our eyes before we taste with our mouths. Whether kept for your own use or given as a gift, my intention is to create ceramic pieces that make people smile for years to come. In doing so, my creative energy follows the ceramic pieces to be part of the lives of those who use them.

About The Artist

I moved to the Sunshine Coast almost a decade ago from Virginia, in the eastern United States. Besides loving to create through my pottery, I am a gardener, an avid reader, a yogi and I love to cook. On my journey to become a potter, my life trajectory has led me through careers in television, theatre, marketing and public relations, and ministry.

Process

I make each piece from a slab of clay which I roll out to various sizes. Sometimes I texture the slab before I form it. Other times I add detail elements after I form the piece. Unique design characteristics can also be added at the glazing stage. Once the piece is dry, it is time to fire it. Firing is what converts the pieces from clay into a strong, durable, usable piece. The first stage is called a bisque firing. I bisque fire to 1832 F (1000 C) in my own kiln which was built by Euclid Kilns in Oakville, Ontario.

Then the piece is ready for glazing, a fun time to add a myriad of combinations of colors in a variety of ways and using various techniques. After glazing, the piece is fired a second time in the kiln at a temperature of 2232 F (1222 C). Each firing process takes approximately 30 hours from start to cool down. When the kiln is opened it is a joy to see the results, known among potters as gifts from the kiln god. All of the pieces I make are food, microwave, and dishwasher safe.