I love stories. I love stories of objects and of lives. For those of you who love a story to go with your pots, here is a little bit of my story.


I have always been a maker. I’ve been crafting a mess since I was about 4. When I was in my last year of university, I looked at my summertime accomplishment of a counter full of peach chutney all ready to put up and thought I’d never felt more accomplished.


I started working with clay 9 years ago when my first babe was wee, and haven’t looked back. Now I have three. They can mostly make their own sandwiches now so I make more pots. They’re also my cheerleaders. Opening a kiln is like a mini festival around here, as it should be.


I am passionate about a handmade, holistic lifestyle that, so far, has us living in a yurt, on a farm, with friends. There are also the makings of a studio. I strive to have my head hit the pillow each night with a satisfied thud.


My hands, they wildly wave around as I talk, dig carrots, weed rows of veggies, knead, chop, stir, and flip, and knit. These hands of mine take out splinters, arrange flowers and hold other hands. It’s my hands that intuitively know what to do. It’s my hands that feel through the making of my pots. Each pot is an expression of the gratitude for all that my hands do.


I have a degree in Biology and dabbled in software development long, long, long ago. Instead of heading back to school for another degree in fine arts, I try to seek out adventurous souls whose work and philosophy I’m curious about. This idea has romantic beginnings: my husband being the instigator of these ideas. Project manager, engineer, harshest critic and first rate cheerleader: he flies all those flags (and more).


On these adventures I have spent time being mentored by both Ayumi Horie and Linda Christianson: Two of the most intelligent, kind and wonderful people I have ever met. A workshop and talk I attended with Takeshi Yasuda blew me away. Those are all the names I have to drop. I am ever struck by the warmth and loveliness of potters.


My pots are made with stoneware and mid-range porcelain. I decorate my pots using coloured slips, carving, shellac resist and inlay techniques. I am interested in repetitive patterns, textures and spontaenity of brushwork in decoration. I draw inspiration from nature: the structured symmetry and geometry of a leaf, the mottled surface of a frozen pond, or clouds in the sky.


I only use one safe, clear glaze. Right now, I use an electric kiln and am pushing my clay to cone 7.



 

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