“Beth’s creative style is characterized by its intuitive and free-flowing nature.”
Beth Hawthorn is an accomplished potter currently residing in the picturesque coastal community of Robert’s Creek, situated on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. Her creative journey revolves around the elegant simplicity of porcelain and the rich textures of black stoneware, both brought to life with a tastefully neutral color palette. Beth’s artistic focus centers on crafting small, unique batches of functional ceramics, including exquisite tableware and graceful vases, primarily created through the traditional art of wheel throwing. Every piece she crafts is a one-of-a-kind work of art.
Educational Background & Artistic Evolution
Beth’s formative years were spent in various charming towns across British Columbia, with a transformative three-year sojourn in the Philippines. Eventually, she settled in North Vancouver. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University, Beth embarked on an adventurous phase of life that involved living abroad for two years. The first year saw her immersing herself in the vibrant culture of Tokyo, where she not only taught English but also absorbed the Japanese passion for craftsmanship, design, and architectural beauty. Her travels then took her through Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and back home, marking the beginning of her artistic pursuits.
A Creative Journey Unfolds
Since 1996, Beth has passionately followed her creative calling, establishing herself as a self-employed artisan. Her portfolio includes a diverse array of homewares crafted from materials like glass, wood, and stainless steel, showcased and sold in renowned global markets such as New York City, San Francisco, Tokyo, and London. In 2003, she transitioned into the realm of administration, collaborating with a team on a wide spectrum of projects, spanning from large-scale architectural sculptures and public art installations to functional products, innovative lighting, contemporary craft, exhibition design, curation, brand envisioning, and graphic design.
Life Beyond the City
In 2006, Beth and her family made the pivotal decision to relocate from Vancouver to the idyllic haven of Robert’s Creek, a move motivated by a desire for a slower-paced rural life. While cherishing the tranquility of their new surroundings, travel remains a central theme in their lives. In 2014, the family embarked on an adventurous year-long journey across Southeast Asia, exploring captivating destinations like Thailand, Malaysia, Bali, Cambodia, and Laos.
The Evolution of a Dream
Beth Hawthorn’s artistic evolution continues to captivate and inspire, reflecting her unwavering commitment to the timeless beauty of handcrafted ceramics in harmony with the natural world.