Functional pottery for elegant dining, home decor, jewellery and ceramic scupture.
I found my love for clay over 20 years ago and enjoy making beautiful functional and decorative items for daily use. Much of my work is inspired by nature. I often use plants directly to texture the wet clay and incorporate other objects from nature in my work.
Now splitting my time between studios in Ontario and Arizona feels great with pottery everywhere!
Fine Arts Education:
Ontario College of Art – Fundamentals Studies – 1987
Pottery Wheel Throwing classes – Newmarket School of Fine Arts – 2002
Various Courses and Workshops – 2004 – Present
Handbuilding and Wheel Throwing Classes– Pine Tree Potters’ Guild, Aurora, ON
Artist Educator Foundation Course – Royal Conservatory – April – May, 2014. Guelph, ON
Winter 2015 – Advanced Wheel Techniques – instructor: Teresa Dunlop, Aurora, ON
Related Arts Experience:
ArtsCan Circle Linking Creative Artists with Youth At Risk – Executive Director – May 2008 – Oct. 2012
Artist Facilitator – 2007 – present
Lead many ArtsCan Circle artist team trips to remote First Nation communities in Northern Ontario and Labrador to facilitate workshops in the arts, music and drama for indigenous youth. Artist teams spend one week in each community visited leading workshops in school and community. Facilitated workshops in visual arts, music, songwriting, & drama.
2004 – Founded – Dragonfire Pottery Studio, Newmarket, ON
Shows & Sales:
Pine Tree Potters Guild Show & Sale – Spring & Fall – 2004 – 2015
Various commission work 2004 – present
Dinnerware Set Commission – 2014
Exhibits & Awards:
Earth to Fire – PTPG Juried Show July 5 – Sept. 6, 2014. Award: Best Sculpture for “Change of Heart”
Juried Exhibition – Cone Box Sculptures- PTPG, Aurora, ON – April 30- May 3, 2015
Studio Tour – Newmarket Group of Artists – Oct. 2015 – present
Women’s Handbuilding Workshops, Newmarket, ON – Summer 2010
DIY Weekend Handbuilding Workshop, Barrie, ON – Jan 2015
Handbuilding Course for Young Adults w/ Disabilities, Aurora, ON – May – June 2015
Handbuilding Course for Young Adults w/ Disabilities, Aurora, ON – Sept. – Dec. 2015
Ceramics Workshops for Young Mothers, Newmarket, ON – Oct. – Dec. 2015
Handbuilding Workshop – Wise Women’s Weekend, Keswick , ON – March 2016
Pine Tree Potters Guild, Aurora, ON – member
York Region Arts Council – member
Newmarket Group of Artists – member
Newmarket Arts Council – member
Southern Arizona Clay Artists – member
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