ABOUT | Beth Hawthorn
Beth Hawthorn is a potter currently living in Robert’s Creek, on the Sunshine Coast of BC, a short 40 minute ferry ride from Vancouver. Her focus is on porcelain and black stoneware – minimal in style with a neutral colour palette. She creates small batches of functional pieces, including tableware and vases – typically wheel thrown. No two pieces are alike.
Schooling and Experience
Beth spent her youth living in small BC towns, in addition to three years in the Philippines and eventually settled in North Vancouver. After graduating from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts, Beth lived and travelled abroad for two years. The first year consisted of living in the heart of Tokyo where she taught English to Japanese students and soaked in the Japanese love for craft, design and architecture. She then traveled through SE Asia, on to Australia and New Zealand and eventually returned home to start the next phase of her life pursuing the arts.
A Creative Venture
In 1996, Beth and her life/business partner Robert Studer started a creative company called this is it design. They pooled their energies to create uniquely designed homewares using glass, wood and stainless steel, exhibiting and selling across the globe. Shows took them to NYC, San Francisco, Tokyo and London, England. Over time they shifted to producing a broader spectrum of work ranging from large architectural sculptures, public art, functional products, lighting, contemporary craft, exhibition design and curation, as well as brand envisioning and graphic design. Their client base consisted of architects, developers, contractors, interior and landscape designers, government, cultural galleries, small business and organizations. thisisit.ca
A Move Out of the City
In 2006, with a growing family, they moved their home and business from Vancouver to Robert’s Creek, as it was time to create their dream life – a quiet place to call home, create an inspiring studio / creative space from which to work and enjoy watching their family grow. Travel is still important – in 2014 their family took a year long trip through SE Asia – Thailand, Malaysia, Bali, Cambodia and Laos.