The time has come to bid a fond farewell to my cherished ceramics studio. Originally a humble horse barn and stable, nestled on the ground floor of the main residence, I lovingly transformed it into my personal ceramic sanctuary. Over time, I diligently refined and expanded its creative possibilities. The heart of this space was undoubtedly the 400 square foot covered back deck, which not only offered stunning vistas of grass fields and an organic garden but also served as the backdrop for many memorable photoshoots and workshops. This studio held a special place in my heart, but as the seasons change, it’s time to say goodbye.
I have often thought about the endless number of hand positions that I used when creating on the pottery wheel. When throwing with clay these hand positions are easy, effortless and I rarely even notice them. I thought it would be interesting to document some of these hand position when I am off the wheel, and allow the emphases to be on the positions and not the clay. Pauline from Fotofolk was the perfect photographer to snap some images in my back field.
A big welcome to Brassica, a new community-to-table restaurant located in the heart of lower Gibsons. Award-winning chefs Hilary Prince and Jack Chen invited me to create work that fits with their vision – a celebratory, family-style dining experience. Their food is deliberately simple and unadorned – highlighting the beautiful seasonal local produce of Sunshine Coast and beyond. The sharing plates I created consists of a range of plates, bowls, and tea cups to task as a backdrop to their food inspiration. Each ones glazed in its own unique way. Follow their journey!
14 years ago we moved from Vancouver to Roberts Creek on the Sunshine Coast. I thought I had firmly acquired the title of city-girl, however living on a 5 acre property in a small community has allowed me to step into the country-girl that I really am. It’s 2020 and COVID has given me the opportunity to reconnect with my property and garden. Over the last few years I was starting to grow tired of the upkeep of the property and the physical work it takes to maintain a thriving garden. I have put my love back into the garden and am enjoying the fruits of it. It only was a matter of time before the produce ended up finding homes on the plates and bowls that I create.
Textures are at the forefront of what inspires me. I am less inspired by glossy glaze colours, but instead like to focus on textures and form. Here is a selection of textures featured and found in my clay work.
This new series of wheel thrown forms reference our busy friends and the homes they so instinctually create out in nature. The HIVE series of porcelain and black clay forms are all unique and no two are alike. I was not concerned with refining the surfaces to a smooth finish nor was I focused on creating a specific shape. I allowed the throw lines to show through and allowed the form to take shape intuitively. Primarily it is the inside that is finished with a transparent glaze, while the outside remains natural. Sizes range from 2 inch miniatures to larger pieces that are twelve inches tall.