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each piece is individually hand crafted
welcome to my world
i've been making pots for over 30 years now. it sure has been a mud slide of a ride ... at home i dig being close to nature, planting gardens, growing food, landscaping, forever trying to actract the bee's and butterfly's. generally 'playing in the mud'... it all serves to strengthen my appreciation for this earth. ... i feel lucky to be the steward of my little piece of it. my obsession with clay is only part of the story, but admittedly, if i get sitting at a wheel with a chunk of clay, the day can change direction rather easily.
studio technician at the nepean visual arts centre has kept me surrounded by clay, and wonderful people, everyday for 25 years now. i owe it all to one person (my mentor really) who took me on as her assistant, always inspired me and encourged me to pursue a life in clay. that guiding light was chandler swain, who was our new teacher and studio tech at that time... she took me under her wing and prepared me to follow in her footsteps as studio tech once she was ready to move on to bigger and better things ... for chandler, i will be forever grateful ... once really established, the best part of my day turned out to be teaching wheel classes. (also under the guidance and encouragement of chandler, (more like pushing me onto the stage. .lol.) it was what i needed and i feel truly blessed to have chandler as the one who gave me the confidence me to make it happen .... and now 30 years later and i can honestly say that i love what i do, and that the passion i feel is still as strong today as it's ever been. i love it all, but i have to say that teaching, opening up this world to others, has probably been the most rewarding part. seeing and feeling my students joy is something that has always made me feel so grateful ...
my schooling at algonquin and sheridan colleges started me down the creative pathway. i explored many an artistic medium along the way but failed to find exactly what i was looking for. it was a visit to a friend’s house that changed everything. my friends, like myself, had a lot of house plants. i was very impressed that all of her plants were in pots that she had made. so I went and signed up for a pottery class with the sole intention of doing the same thing. however the first time i touched the warm, wet clay spinning on the wheel, i knew my world was about to change, and change it did. truth be told though, here i am over 30 years later and I still haven’t put all my plants in my handmade pots, i kinda got distracted.
thanks gord and jeanette.
i hope you enjoy!
peace, love, and pottery
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