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My relationship with clay began in 2000 when I took my first class at the Hamilton Canadian Japanese Cultural centre. I had an instant connection with clay, and I spent my first years as a potter pursuing a mastery and understanding of my new love. Early on, I took many classes and workshops where I learned not only the basics of running a production ceramic studio, but given a window into a world where people supported themselves making their art.
In 2004, I finally made the leap into full-time ceramic artist, working solely for myself, making the work I love to make. I signed up for my first pottery sale, organized by the Hamilton Region Potter's guild. It has been, and continues to be, an incredible journey where I am constantly challenged by my chosen medium to always be better, learn more, and to meet the peculiar demands of being a full-time artist in the world.
Nature’s many shapes, textures and colours inspire my ceramic art. I work meticulously at creating forms that integrate the many textural elements of nature in the surface. Like nature itself my work is not static, it is ever changing, full of surprises and unexpected serendipity. My goal as an artist is simple: to make items that are functional, absolutely beautiful, and a part of every day life. It’s a wonderful thing when a passion for beauty can be expressed and captured in a piece of art. The more we experience beauty, the more we can tune into its frequency and see it all around us, everyday, in places we never thought we could find it.
My pottery is about the elements of nature that I love. These have become the shapes, textures and colours of my pottery. My long-time background as a floral artist is a major influence both in the form of many of my creations, as well as in their design. From my classic frog-handled mugs to my floral platters nature is solidly integrated into many ceramic items. I work with both intensity and meticulousness attempting to turn clay into a unique object of beauty. So my work is not static but like nature, itself, full of experiments and changes.